This is my fourteenth year of teaching in McDowell County. I am privileged to be the Digital Learning and Innovation Coordinator at McDowell High School and website/social media administrator. I am a Google Certified Educator, member of and mentor at the NC Digital Learning Coaches Network, and member of the NC Governor's Teacher Network and NC Technology in Education Society.
I previously was an elementary school teacher at North Cove Elementary for ten of those years. While at NCE, I received several grants for resources for my classroom, school, and county including musical instruments, a Weatherbug Weather Station and Achieve software, an interactive whiteboard, and composting bins. In 2012, I was awarded a substantial grant from Lowes Home Improvement to purchase a class set of Nexus 7 tablet computers.
Also, I was honored in 2009 to represent North Cove Elementary as Teacher of the Year. I graduated with a bachelor's degree from The University of North Carolina at Asheville in Management in 2000. After graduating, I worked in the restaurant and retail management industry for four years, but my heart and future was in becoming a teacher. In 2004, I received my certification in Elementary Education from Mars Hill College.
I graduated with a Master of Arts: Educational Media (Instructional Technology) from Appalachian State University in 2012 and a Masters in School Administration from AppState in 2016.
MY GOALS: A future goal is to gain National Board Certification and/or pursue a doctorate in educational leadership and technology.
I encourage the use of technology in the classroom and we are blessed to have so many ways to incorporate 21st century tools in lessons and learning here in McDowell County!
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” - Bill Gates