I grew up on a 500 acre farm in the rural town of Bradley, Oklahoma. My family raised cattle, sheep, chickens, and show pigs.
I graduated from Alex High School in 1981. After high school, I decided to follow in my grandmother’s footsteps and become an educator. I enrolled in Southwestern Oklahoma State University in the fall of 1981 and graduated in the spring of 1985.
Bachelor of Science Education – 1985 Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Ok
Master of Science Education – 1987 Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Weatherford, Ok
Oklahoma Energy Resource Board – Master Teacher/Curriculum Specialist – Fossils to Fuel, Fossils to Fuel 2, & Petro Active 2000-present
Great Expectations Master Teacher – 4 years
I began teaching at Byng in 2013: I currently teach 7th grade science, but have also taught 8th grade science.
1985-1990 Rush Springs MIddle School 6-7 Science, Reading, and Language Arts
1990-1999 Silo Schools 6-8 Science
1999-2000 Duncan MIddle School 7-8 Computer
2000-2001 Blackwell Elementary School 5th Grade Self Contained
2001 – 2013 Latta Elementary School 4-6 Science, Reading, English, Math, World History
I grew up on a 500 acre farm in the rural town of Bradley, Oklahoma. My family raised cattle, sheep, chickens, and show pigs. My dad passed away in 2020 after a long battle with heart disease, and my mom still lives in the house my great grandfather built in the 1930’s.
God blessed my family with two children. My son, Jay, graduated from Lyon College in Batesville, Arkansas, with a degree in math. Jay also played baseball for the Lyon Scots and is a life long member of the TKE fraternity. Jay is employed with the technical department of Costco in Oklahoma City. My daughter, Mayson, graduated from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, with a BS in English, and Oklahoma University with a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Mayson is the manager of the Chickasaw Tribal LIbrary in Ada, Oklahoma.
I have a rescued yorkshire terrier named Arya. Arya loves to ride in the car and go to Starbucks for pupcups.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”