I graduated with Local, State, and National Honors from Lindsay High School in Lindsay, Oklahoma a long time ago! LOL!
I attended East Central University majoring in Chemistry with a minor in Biology, Elementary Education, and Early Childhood Education. I graduated from ECU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.
My Oklahoma Teacher Certification is in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education.
My first teaching experience with Byng Public Schools began when I came as an ungrad Ed Field 2 college student to learn in Mr. Crabtree’s Biology and Chemistry classes in the High School Science Department. The following semester, I came back to the same department classes as a Ed Field 3 undergrad college student. I was then blessed to become a student teacher for 3rd Grade under the supervison of Mrs. Shelley Benefield and Principal Bobbe Ballagh. The next school year, I became a 3rd Grade Teacher at Homer Elementary. I served at Homer in 3rd Grade until the birth of my oldest and long awaited son, Caleb. In 2014, my youngest son, Easton, started pre-K at Homer and I came back to my Pirate family as a professional substitute at Homer, Francis, Byng Elementary, and the Byng Junior High. During this time, I have had the opportunity to know, respect, and care a great deal about our Byng students and educators in all grade levels. We have some pretty amazing young people that attend Byng as well as some pretty amazing people that care a great deal about their students! In the Fall Semester of 2019, I served as the long term professional sub for Ms. Carla Husband in 8th Grade Science. I loved every moment of it! Starting in the Fall Semester of 2020, I was very excited and honored to serve the Byng Junior High and students that are very near and dear to my heart as their 8th Grade Science Teacher. I have been a Pirate by heart for a very long time and it’s great to be back as an 8th Grade Pirate Teacher again this year!
Prior to working at Homer Elementary, I taught 1st and 2nd grade in a self-contained classroom at McLish Public Schools.
I made one of the best decisions ever when I married my husband and love of my life, Toby Willoughby, in 1996. Toby is the Senior Pastor of A Place of New Hope I.P.H.C. of Latta, OK. We are also the owners of Willoughby Farms of Ada, OK. We mostly specialize in cattle, hay, bermuda grass roots, and pecans. On top of that, we own a small dozer operation.
We have been blessed with two sons, Caleb and Easton, that I am absolutely crazy about! Caleb attends school at the Byng High School, and Easton attends school at the Byng Elementary School. Both boys are actively involved in raising/showing cattle and in other project areas of FFA/4-H such as public speaking, hay production, fruit production, and photography.
We have a couple of pet dogs: Sassy and Kate. Sassy is my all-time favorite Registered Mountain Kerr dog to have ever owned and worked with!. She is an absolute hunting machine while at the same time very sweet and loyal to as well as protective of my entire family. Kate is a registered Laborator Retriever who actually belongs to my youngest son, Easton, but we all claim her anyway! LOL! She’s currently going through the “wild and crazy puppy stage” of life and is a lot of fun!
We also have several head of cattle. We run Registered Angus, Registered Herefords, Registered Simmentals, Registered Maines/Maintainers, as well as good, solid Commercial cattle. Oh, and we have one Gurnsey cross dairy cow and her Hereford cross heifer that are a hoot to watch! One of my favorite cows is a 1900+ pound retired registered Hereford show heifer that we raised and named “Mya.” I am very unashamed to say that she’s a pretty spoiled diva and it’s all my fault! Lol!
I enjoy spending time with my husband and sons. I LOVE all things cattle! One of my favorite places to spend family time together is the cattle barns at home and at the cattle shows. I like cooking, fishing, quilting, crafting, and a ton of other activities. And, did I mention working with cattle yet?!!! LOL! I also enjoy riding atv’s on the South Canadian River in the summer and reading good book series in the winter. I enjoy studying the Bible and spending time with my church family as well.