1993 - 1996 - University of Georgia Teaching of Tumbling Instructor for Health and Physical Education majors 2000 - 2004 - EIP, 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Barnett Shoals Elementary 2004 - 2013 - 3rd and 4th grade teacher at Oconee County Elementary School 2013 - current - Health and Physical Education teacher at Oconee County Elementary School
Depends on the lesson...very hands on and fun so the kids are excited about being physically active.
2014-2015 - Oconee County Elementary Teacher of the Year
1993 - UGA - BS in Health and Physical Education 2002 - Piedmont College - MA Education K-5 2006 - RESA - Educational Leadership Add-on
As a child, I loved doing physical activity and gymnastics was my sport. Being involved in a dangerous sport comes with injuries and at fifteen I sprained my ankle so severely that my coach recommended that I stop competing. Gymnastics was my entire life and that was all I knew. Instead of taking this news in a negative way, I turned it around into a positive experience. I took my love and knowledge of the sport and began coaching and teaching kids of all ages. A few years later, my drive and commitment to get back on the floor paid off as my dream of competing at the college level came true. I earned a spot as a walk on vaulter for the University of Georgia Gymnastics team. Being a walk on, I was able to participate on the gymnastics team and coach various levels of young gymnasts in the evenings. This is when I decided to change my major from Business to Health and Physical Education so I could pursue my passion for teaching children. My first professional job was the head gymnastics coach of Athens Gymnastics Academy. It was owned and operated by Suzanne Yoculan, the head coach of the women’s gymnastics program at the University of Georgia and one of the most decorated coaches in the history of collegiate gymnastics. I worked diligently to oversee a program that was recognized as a top development center for young gymnasts. My next position was with Athens-Clarke County where I was selected as Program Supervisor for youth and some adult sports. With this new position, something was missing…teaching children! I knew a change had to be made and I went to speak with Mr. Ray Clark at Barnett Shoals Elementary School. He took a chance and hired me on provisional. I quickly enrolled at Piedmont College and obtained my Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education and eventually a leadership add-on. In, 2004 I was offered a 3rd grade position at Oconee Elementary School and eventually moved to 4th grade. Being a classroom teacher was very rewarding because I felt like I made a difference in the lives of the individuals I taught. In 2013, the physical education position at OCES opened and I knew it was time to go back to my love of doing physical activity and sports. My class focus is to inspire and encourage all students to value physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and/or social interaction while being responsible for his/her personal and social behavior in that he/she respects self and others in the physical activity setting. The combination of my love for being physically active, sports, and teaching and working with children are the main factors that influenced me to become a teacher.