I bring 20 years of education, skills, professional and parental experience as the founder of Things TEEN. My extensive experience stems first from my years as a mother and then, across the educational and criminal justice fields—both of which uniquely positioned me to not only lead this business, but also understand the varying psychological and sociological needs of teens.
I love hands-on-teaching incorporated with project-based learning and simulation activities.
I was nominated by a student and won the 2005 Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation—Joseph B. Whitehead Educator of Distinction Award. I'm a member of the Eighth and Ninth Editions of Who‘s Who Among American Teachers and the 2005/2006 Honors Edition of Who’s Who among Executive and Professional Women in Education. Also, a grant recipient of the $5,000 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant.
I have a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership; a Master of Education is Educational Administration; Master of Art in Counseling; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; and an Associate of Applied Science in Substance Abuse Counseling. Also, I hold certifications in the following areas: Superintendent, Principal, School Counselor, and Classroom Teacher: Vocational Trades and Industry (Grades 6-12).
I'm also the founder of the Academy for Youth Entrepreneurs (AYE) a 501c3 non-profit organization, which introduces youth to entrepreneurship. Outside of my professional career, I'm active in civic organizations and my personal interests include traveling and spending quality time with my family.