Welcome to Impact Academy! I am delighted to serve as your facilitator of learning for U.S. History or Study Skills.
I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from Morrow High School, I moved to Athens, Georgia, to attend the University of Georgia. In 1989, I earned an ABJ degree with a specialization in newspapers. From 1989 to 1994, I worked as a sportswriter and copy desk editor at the Athens Banner-Herald. My responsibilities included covering high school teams in the northeast Georgia area and University of Georgia sports.
In 1994, I started my teaching career as a middle school language arts and social studies teacher at Henry County Middle School. In 2000, I helped open Luella Middle School, and I was a member of that learning community for 13 years before joining Impact Academy in 2013. I come from a family of educators -- my maternal grandmother taught grades 1 through 8 in a one-room schoolhouse in east Tennessee; my mother was a high school business education teacher; and my father was a high school teacher and football coach for five decades.
In 2005, I enrolled in Walden University's Richard Riley College of Education and Leadership. I earned a Master's degree in literacy in the content areas in 2007 and my doctoral study was approved and published in 2012. In October of 2018, I was named Teacher of the Year for Henry County Schools.
In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, kayaking, and photography.
I look forward to learning alongside you this year.