- Bachelors Furman University (1994)
- Other Psychological Studies Institute (Richmont) (1997)
- MS GA State (1997)
Middle School Guidance Counselor
M.S., Counseling, Georgia State University
B.A., English, Furman University
What was your biggest a-ha moment as a teacher or school administrator?
Recently I had the opportunity to witness a senior that I had counseled years ago mentor one of my current students. It was humbling to see this older student, grown and mature, pour wisdom into a hurting kid. Our "messy" kids in the middle really do grow into amazing people who know how to care deeply for others. I am passionate about pointing kids in that direction.
Why do you teach or work at a school?
I have education in my blood! My grandparents and parents were teachers, as is one of my brothers. Having taught for 10 years in the public school system, I feel blessed to be able to work in an environment where teachers are able to address the whole child. I have the privilege of working with colleagues who take joy in developing their craft. Our middle school has a unique energy: our teachers model a culture of excellence for our students.
How do you reach students?
The greatest thing that I can do for my students is to "work myself out of a job". Students love to be empowered to improve themselves and their school culture--their understanding of problems and creativity to find solutions always inspires me. Middle school students are uniquely motivated to change--our job is to help them discover their best selves.
Describe your ideal day in the classroom or in your role on campus?
I love being a school counselor because every day is different! I usually move between meeting with kids, meeting with parents, consulting with teachers, planning programs and taking care of student issues as they arise. I always start my day with a packed agenda; however, working with middle school students ensures there are many days I must discard all plans and “stop, drop and roll”!
What is your favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 3: 5-6: Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your path straight.