I attended Rogers State for a 2-year degree, and then I continued to Northeastern State to complete my Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.
I came to Locust Grove in 1998 and have primarily taught English III and English III Honors since then. In addition, I have taught Grammar and Comp, English II writing core, and English I.
This year I teach English III, English III Honors, and English I Honors.
When I was hired at Locust, I told the superintendent that I was looking for the last teaching job I would have. I’ve been blessed to become a part of this community through the school for the last 18 years.
I began teaching at NSU as a graduate assistant in 1986. I continued teaching there in both part-time and full-time positions for several years. I last taught classes for NSU at the BA campus in 2004.
In 1992-93, I worked for one year in housing administration at the University of Texas at Austin.
From 1994-1998, I taught 8th grade language arts, 9th grade language arts, honors for both 8th and 9th grades, and competitive speech and debate at Roland. Although I loved teaching college classes, I found with this job that my true heart for education was with secondary students.
Although my parents are both from Mayes County, and we spent lots of time here, I was raised in a ranch family out by Stillwater. I have a brother who is four years younger than I am, and a sister who is 13 years younger. My seven nieces and nephews, ranging in age from 2 to 24, are the joy of my life.
It took me 50 years to find the perfect man for me, and we married in May 2015. He has worked in the aircraft industry for about 30 years. We have one old-man cat named Fitz, after F. Scott Fitzgerald. He is going on 17 years old but still thinks he’s pretty boss.
As anyone could probably guess, I love books and writing, and I spend too much time on social media. Netflix has ruined me! I love to binge-watch several of their series. The Walking Dead is my favorite show, but I also like Criminal Minds and Penny Dreadful. Music of all kinds has always been a big part of my life. We also enjoy seeing movies, traveling, and attending our church, All Souls Unitarian, and we especially like to try new restaurants. We live in Broken Arrow to be closer to my extended family, but it’s only a 40-minute drive to work, and I’ve been making that drive since 2004. It’s good decompression and planning time for me!