I graduated at the age of 18 from Parkers Chapel High School. Parkers Chapel is a small, rural community on the outskirts of El Dorado, Arkansas. My senior class consisted of 22 of the best people I have ever known; we were extremely close. Here I learned the true meaning and value of friendships, community, team, and relationships. I grew up rather sheltered, but I grew up with a strong sense of self. I love my hometown and remember it fondly; I visit there often as time permits--my parents reside there to this day, living in the home where my father was born. It was in the halls of Parkers Chapel that I developed a desire to teach, and it was in our gym (where streetshoes NEVER touched the floor) that my love affair with basketball began.
It was basketball that carried me to Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, Arkansas. I played basketball for the Riderettes for four years. I am proud to say that I was one of the starting five for my entire athletic career. I majored in English and acquired a coaching endorsement at the last minute. I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from SAU and began my teaching and coaching career. I taught for several years before arriving in Nashville. While teaching here, I earned my Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Harding University. I love living in Nashville; it was the perfect place for my family and me. I am today, and will forever remain, so very proud to be a Scrapper!
I am certified to teach grades 7-12 in the subject areas of English and Journalism; I am also able to coach at these same grade levels.
I began teaching at Nashville in 2004. At that time I taught 8th grade English. I began teaching 9th grade literacy two years ago.
I began teaching in 1988; I am old! Prior to my arrival at Nashville, I taught English, Journalism, and Spanish, and I coached both basketball and softball at Gurdon High School.
I am the proud mother of two childeren.
My daughter, Emily, will graduate from Arkansas State University this December with an MBA plus 18 hours in hospital administration. She is cmployed as the Director of Cardiology at NEA Baptist. She made me a grandmother on July 10, 2017; Jaxon is the newest love of my life.
My son, Cameron, is a senior at Ouachita Baptist University where he plays center for the Tigers. He is a History/Education major, and he plans to coach high school sports after graduation. His biggest news is that he proposed to Kimberly Harrison this summer, and she said yes; they will be married next year. My family is growing, and I could not be happier!
I have always enjoyed reading a good book, and I feel certain many new reads are in my future. I KNOW I will be attending Scrapper events, visiting my daughter and Jax in Jonesboro, my dad in El Dorado, and meeting new friends while watching Tiger football. It is going to be a fantastic year!