Born and raised in Russellville, AR, I graduated from Russellville High before choosing to attend Arkansas Tech University. At Tech, I became heavily involved in the Debate and Forensics teams and developed a passion for speech. I graduated from Tech in 2012.
I started teaching at Lamar in January 2014. I was working a job outside of education that my heart wasn’t in. On a leap of faith, I quit that job and picked up a long-term sub position as an aide in the resource classroom in hopes that it would open a door the following year. Luckily, it worked in my favor! In August 2014, I started as the Speech and Drama teacher. After one year, the district traded drama for debate and forensics allowing me to teach the material I fell in love with in college, that helped boost my confidence and taught me many important life skills. I’m excited to be able to do the same for my students!
Before working at Lamar, I was a Territory Sales Manager for US Foods. We sold food to restaurants, schools, hospitals, anywhere that buys food in bulk. The hours were crazy and the stress was more than I was willing to live with. I accepted the job straight out of college after a rough student teaching experience, but I quickly learned that it wasn’t for me. I’m thankful for that job experience because it makes me appreciate my current job that much more. Teaching is such a fulfilling profession. Not many people can say they change lives for a living!