I spend ten years teaching at the local community college and eight years in the classroom as a business teacher (middle and high school experience) where I also was under contract with the Department of Public Instruction for three years. I was part of a team of teachers who wrote the most recent version of the middle grades Business and Computer Technology course and the previous Keyboarding course. Computer Applications II, which I also was part of the team, was in the revision process prior to the standard course of study changes. For three years I worked between two high schools and three middle schools as a Career Development and Special Populations Coordinator as well as worked part time at the local community college teaching college transfer computer courses. This is my third year working at largest high school in the system and serve the Early College High School and one large middle school within Beaufort County. The school system where I work serves about 7300 students. I oversee a total of eleven high school CTE teachers, 100 middle school students, and about 960 high school students within the school system. Each CTE student must have completed and up to date Career Development Plan, Career Cluster/Pathway, and Learning Styles information on file to be in accordance with Federal Perkins funding. I am in charge of making sure that each student has this documentation and that each student with an IEP is receiving any accommodations set by their IEP.
My teaching style changed as I gained more experience and as the courses and students I was teaching changed. I never kept lesson plans from one year to the next because this years students' needs didn't match the needs of the previous years' students. I loved doing project based learning activities with my students and was always looking for something new and exciting to keep everyone actively engaged in the learning process.
K-12 Principal Licensure – September 2012 Handicapped and Disadvantaged Licensure (Special Populations) – August 2009 Career Development Facilitator Licensure -- May 2009 NC DPI Business and Information Technology Education Hall of Fame Inductee, 2008 NC Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year, 2008 Northside High School Teacher of the Year, 2007 National Board Certification, YAEA Career and Technical Education, 2004 NC Association for Career and Technical Education New Outstanding Teacher of the Year, 2003 Cisco Networking Academy Certification College of the Albemarle, Edenton, North Carolina – December 2001 Business Education 7-12 Licensure – January 2000
I received Bachelor’s degree in Business Education from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 1999 and a Master’s of science degree in Business Education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas in 2006. I obtained National Board Certification in CTE Early Adolescent and Young Adult in November of 2004. Most recently, I completed a second Master’s degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University.
I am a mother, wife, educator, coach, bookkeeper, and Career Development/Special Populations Coordinator. I have two biological children (Kaylee 10 and Cody 7), a teenager who we were granted legal custody of about a two and half years ago (Kayla 18), a loving husband who I help with the operation of our Trucking Company and Farming Operation, and I am an educator. I grew up fishing with my semi-pro bass fishing father and later took a liking to hunting. I enjoy duck hunting the most, but also hunt whitetail deer, turkey, and black bear. We live on a family farm with cattle, sheep or goats (during the spring for 4H projects only), chickens, turkeys, and horses. My ten year old daughter, Kaylee, aspires to attend Kansas State University’s Veterinarian program, she is very smart and loves animals more than her younger brother and older sister. Kaylee also shows and competes in Hunt Seat on her Missouri Fox Trot gelding, Thunder. Cody, my 7 year old just wants to drive big trucks or tractors, anything that can be done outside and involves getting dirty. He purchased and trained a wild mustang from Nevada to run barrels and pole. They complete in the Professional Barrel Racing Association circuit. Kayla has had a very challenging life thus far and has gained many life lessons from her past experiences. She lost her father only a year and half ago and has a mother who has a drug addiction and can’t have contact with her children. She does not have any contact with any of her biological family members (father’s or mother’s family) and only came to live with us because I was in the right place at the right time. She attended the high school where I worked and was on the varsity cheerleading squad that I coached. We love her like she has always been here and as one of our own. East Carolina University is where Kayla plans to attend in two more years and pursue a degree in Social Work with a specialization in Child Protective Services. She is very mature for her age and has a big heart to give to neglected children who need a way out just like she did.