I graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill with a Masters in Special Education and a BA in Elementary Education. My first job was in a self-contained high school classroom for students with moderate developmental abilities. I returned home to raise our five children for the next twenty years. When our youngest child entered kindergarten, I followed along as a teacher assistant and took a job as a kindergarten teacher the following year. I was a teacher in Asheville City Schools for five years before coming to Asheville Catholic to teach first grade. Our family loves to camp and hike in good weather and play games when the weather keeps us in. I also like to knit, read, kayak and go on bird watching adventures.