I am proud to be the Firefighting Technology instructor at McDowell High School. After graduating from Freedom High School in Morganton, I attended Campbell University on an Army ROTC scholarship, and served four years on active duty as an Army officer. Returning to Burke County, I taught middle school science and social studies for fifteen years, earning National Board for Professional Teaching Standards certification. After 9-11, I decided to also serve my community as a firefighter, and eventually became a fire and rescue instructor.
I hold the following state certifications: Fire and Rescue Instructor Level II, Firefighter Level II, Fire Officer I, Driver/Operator Pumps, Technical Rescuer (Vehicle and Machinery Rescue and Agricultural Rescue), Hazmat Operations Level II, Emergency Medical Technician, and Emergency Medical Technician Instructor Level I. I am also a certified CPR instructor. I have been awarded the Advanced Firefighter Certificate by the N.C. State Firemen's Association, and the Professional Development Series Certificate by the FEMA Emergency Management Institute. I am also an alumnus of the National Fire Academy.
I work collaboratively with our Emergency Medical Technology instructor; we run our programs jointly as a seamless academy. I both enjoy and take very seriously the role of educating, training, and molding our future firefighters and emergency services professionals.