Powell High School (1981)
Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas, BS in Speech Pathology and Special Education (1985)
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, MA in Speech Pathology and Communication Sciences (1989)
Fully certified by the American Speech and Language Association holding full licensure since 1990
Awarded Continuing Education Award by ASHA in 2017
In elementary school I had the privilege with spending my fourth grade year with Mrs. Harrell (who also taught my husband in fourth grade). She inspired me to love literature and language. Our class couldn't wait until she sat in her rocking chair each afternoon to read aloud to us. She introduced me to many classics in children's literature and gave us opportunities to write and explore language through poetry, limericks, and creative writing. She lovingly kept up with my family until she passed away at the age of 99. She was an inspiration to my family and so many more! In high school one of my best friends was completely deaf. She sparked my interest in deaf education. As I began to pursue that career path at the University of Tennessee I discovered communication disorders and sciences and fell completely head over heels for the profession.
I have had the privilege of working alongside many types of professionals, including many gifted educators, developmental pediatricians, occupational therapists, and physical therapists. I began my career in Bradley County Schools. After having my first child, Bradley County allowed me to contract with them to continue serving their students. This began a career of private practice which lasted from 1990 until 2010. My husband's career caused us to move to several different places and this gave me a wide variety of experiences within the medical setting and with school districts by contracting with agencies and serving pediatric populations in both Tennessee and Georgia. After moving to Knoxville in 2009 to care for my elderly mother, I worked for SPSET (a contract company for Loudon County) and then for Roane County Schools. Through my SPSET experience I saw what an exceptional school district Loudon County was. When a position in Loudon County became available in 2013 I applied and have had the privilege of working for the "best county ever" since that time! I count it a blessing to work with such knowledgeable and caring colleagues.
I have been married for 36 years. I have two grown daughters. My oldest daughter has been an ELL teacher for many years and also a children's minister for her church. She is the mother to my beautiful granddaughter. (Ask me to show you a picture!) My youngest daughter is a radio producer for a radio station in Knoxville and is exploring a career path for teaching at the college level. I am blessed beyond measure in so many ways and especially blessed to be a part of Loudon Elementary!