Joined CCS Team- August 2020
I began my teaching career 14 years ago at Thornton Elementary in Newton Conover City Schools. I taught 5th grade there for 6 years. In 2011, I transitioned to the role of school counselor at North Newton Elementary, where I spent 7 years. I also coached the Newton Conover High School Track and Field team for 6 years. There are so many things that I love about working in education, but my most favorite have to be building relationships with students, staff and parents, and watching students overcome obstacles and achieve the goals set for them on a daily basis!
B.S Elementary Education, Minor in Middle School Math, Slippery Rock University
M.A Elementary Education, Appalachian State University
M.A Professional School Counseling, Appalachian State University
Add-on Licensure School Administration, Gardner-Webb University
This one is hard, as I am fortunate to have had many excellent teachers during my education. If I had to pick just one it would be Mr. Malarkey, my 5th grade teacher. He made learning so much fun. I was excited to go to school every single day when I was in his class. He held us accountable, celebrated our successes and pushed us when we were not doing our best. The experience I had in his class is what made me want to become a teacher. I hold fast to Rita Pierson’s statement that “Every Child Needs A Champion”, and Mr. Malarkey was that champion for so many students.
Favorite Place in Catawba County
My favorite place in Catawba County would have to be my home. Not the house itself, but sharing it with the three people that I love the most! We have made some wonderful memories there, and it is full of laughter, love and a little bit of chaos!
I love to bake. I find it to be a great stress reliever and very delicious as well! If baking isn’t the best option, I also love to travel to the mountains. Boone, NC is one of my favorite places and sometimes a day up there is just good for the soul!
Something Unique About Me
I spent a semester student teaching in Mexico City, Mexico when I was in college. On the weekends we traveled all over Mexico to get an opportunity to see and experience the culture of the country. It was amazing! My favorite weekend trips were the ones where we would travel to many of the small, remote villages and learn the crafts of the people that lived there. It was an experience that I will never forget!