I went to school in Poteau all the way through grade school, middle school, and high school, and I graduated from PHS in 2004. After high school, I attended the University of Arkansas, where I received a BA in English and then an MAT in Secondary Education.
My first year of teaching was in Byng, Oklahoma, teaching ninth grade English and coaching softball. I then moved back to Poteau and got a job in Fort Smith at the alternative school; I taught ninth through twelfth grade English, as well as Oral Communications. One year later, a job finally opened up at Poteau, and that's where I am today! This is my eleventh year teaching in Poteau, but I hope to be here for many more.
I decided to become a teacher because I have been around educators my whole life and want to make it my profession to help kids grow as learners and as people. Both of my parents are former teachers of the year at Poteau, and I would really like to follow in their footsteps. I love working with kids every day and knowing that I have the opportunity to help them become educated individuals who can thrive as adults someday. My goals as a teacher are to earn a National Board Certification and to help and inspire as many students as possible with the time that I have been given. My hope is that students leave my classroom with a deeper love of reading, as well as a better grasp of the skills necessary to be successful in the future.
I live in Poteau with my husband, Kyle; son, Ryan; daughter, Allison; and two dogs, Lola and June. In my spare time, I love reading, spending time with my family and friends, cooking, and teaching kids to pitch.