• Playing "school" was one of my favorite activities when I was a little girl. I remember my excitement when my parents bought me my first chalkboard.  (This was several years before Smart Boards.) After "real" school, I would rush home and begin writing lessons on my little chalkboard. I talked to my imaginary students. I created assignments, tests, and quizzes for them. I even went so far as disciplining and rewarding them. My mom must have had a good laugh at how seriously I took my roleplaying. 

    I guess you could say that teaching has always been a passion of mine.  
    I was born and raised in Reedsville, West Virginia.  A few of my favorite things include: yoga, live music, autumn, coffee, hiking, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 
    After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary English Education from West Virginia University, I moved to western North Carolina to begin my teaching career. For four years, I taught English 9, 10, 11 and a communication skills course at East Burke High School. I moved to Loudoun County in 2002 and have been teaching English at PFHS ever since.  In 2013, I earned a Master of Education degree from George Mason University, specializing in the Integration of Technology in Schools.  I currently teach English 9 Academic and English 11 Honors. I have taught English 11 for Virtual Loudoun as well. I also sponsor the Lights, Cameras, Action Club. 
    As I begin my 22nd year of teaching, I am reminded of how blessed I am to work with young people.  Each day is an adventure for me, and it is deeply fulfilling to watch my students grow into stronger readers, writers, and thinkers. 
Last Modified on March 30, 2020