BS, Biology, Valdosta State University
MS, Biology, University of Louisiana at Monroe
Why do you love teaching or working at Mount Pisgah?
There is an indescribable comfort where everything melts away when I am in the front of a classroom. I want to make Biology relevant to my students in the hopes of answering the proverbial question: Why am I learning this? At Pisgah, there are no hidden agendas. All teachers and staff are focused on student success. It is that environment I am excited to be a part of. I have been out of the classroom and in informal education for a number of years. I am excited about bringing what I have learned into the classroom and help students as they go into college and the workforce.
Who was the most influential teacher/coach/instructor when you were growing up?
My Ichthyology (study of fish) professor at Valdosta State played a large role in my decision to pursue a master’s degree. He did not sugarcoat anything and would get right to the point. He taught me to take chances and explore topics that have not been investigated or we know little about. He was personable and made a point to know us outside of the classroom and open up about topics besides science.
What is your favorite moment/memory as a Pisgah employee?
I am still a young Pisgah Staff member and I hope to have many memories to come. Currently my favorite moment is one where I was not even on campus. I know it is weird to say that my most memorable moment was when I was not there, but I was there in spirit. I was in Iowa for a wedding and stopped by the local university to record an interview with a professor of biology. He was happy to talk to me and share what it means to be a biologist. I posted it to Youtube and I asked my substitute teacher to play it for my students. It was a joy to get back to my class and know that I had a presence in the classroom even though I was not physically there.
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 22:6. Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. It is hard to ignore this verse as an educator and a parent. Whether it is from the Biology textbook or from the Bible, I want to make an impact on my students. I pray that they will take what they have learned and apply it to their lives. From an educational side and a relational side, I want to model this same behavior I expect from my students and my kids.