The 2020-2021 school year will be my 8th year teaching at Loudon Elementary School, my 10th year teaching and my 14th year in education. I am a lifetime resident of Loudon County; I attended Loudon Elementary, Fort Loudoun Middle and Loudon High School. I am very passionate about bettering our community through education and service.
When thinking back on my elementary school days, there are 2 teachers that stick out in my mind. My Kindergarten teacher, Ms. Cathy Green and my third grade Math teacher, Mrs. Billy Morton really set me up for academic success. Kindergarten was my first real school experience as voluntary pre-k did not exist in the 70's. Ms. Green made learning fun, I remember that every week a secret visitor (maybe from outer space) named Astro would leave a package in our classroom over the weekend so that when we arrived at school on Monday morning we would eagerly watch as Ms. Green unveiled the mysterious gift that would always unveil our letter of the week. This gift would include pictures and objects to help us remember the letter name and its sound. Mrs. Morton made Math come to life for me. She used real life scenarios and fun hands on activities to teach not only math skills but also the importance of those skills. Elementary school was exciting to me and taught me that life's mysteries could be unveiled and understood through the acquisition of knowledge and learning. I became eager to know more about everything. I attribute my academic success and my desire to ignite a passion for learning in others to teachers like Ms. Green and Mrs. Morton.
I have been married to my best friend Tony for 22 years. Our son, Caleb, is graduated from Cleveland State Community College where he was a member of the Cougar Men's Basketball Team (I am a pretty proud mom). He is married to his high school sweetheart, Madison. Our oldest daughter, Anna, attends Lee University. Our youngest daughter, Mattie, attends cosmetology school. I like to spend time with my family; we enjoy hiking, jogging, kayaking and being outdoors.