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Subjects Taught
Creative Writing I/II, English 10, English 12, Pre AP 9, Pre AP English 10

Education

 I attended the California University of Pennsylvania (originally, California State College) and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in 1976.  My dual major was in the area of Communication, with an emphasis in English/Writing. Beginning on May 16, 2011, I began pursuing a full-time online Master of Arts in Theological Studies from the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia.  I completed my studies on May 11, 2012 and graduated the next day.  With this degree, I can provide assistance as part of an onsite clergy response team at school, and minister to abused and neglected children and their families, especially at Choices, a shelter for battered women and children in Page County.  I am able to help, comfort, and support others within our school and in the communities of Rappahannock and Page counties. On July 16, 2012, I became an ordained minister. I hope to continue to serve as a transport missionary to the poor of Appalachia, as well as to help those who have endured hurricanes, tornadoes, and fires in Virginia and surrounding states. 



Experience

This is my eighteenth year here at Rappahannock County High School. Before arriving here, I taught in Pennsylvania for six and a half years. During that time, I taught English to grades seven through twelve.  My passion is writing, and I was honored to professionally publish one of my lessons on August 1, 2010 with WVPT (PBS) through the National Teacher Training Institute. I hope to personally publish the three novels and a collection of poetry I have compiled. 



Bio

I have been married for thirteen years to Neil (my second marriage) and have three children from my first marriage.  My son, Dan, is an internal medicine and pediatric physician and was a major in the USAF, completing his military time in 2011. He did a tour of duty at Bagram, Afghanistan, in 2010.  He and his wife Allie and daughters, Katelyn and Madelyn, live in Somerset, Kentucky. My son, Matt, is a captain and a chaplain in the USAF. He has served for nineteen years and has completed several tours of duty in Iraq- Balad and Baghdad- and Kuwait. At this time, Matt is based in Greenland. He and his wife, Erica, and daughters, Jazlene and Emma, will be residing at Cannon AFB in New Mexico in July 2020. My daughter, Valerie, lives near Stanley, Virginia. She is a receptionist at a veterinary practice in Luray, Virginia. My husband, Neil, is retired after many years of building space shuttles in California.  He now repairs and builds computers and laptops and also builds gaming computers in his spare time.  Neil has four grown children: Aaron, Heather, Jaymi, and Casey; three grandchildren: Brad, Sophie, and Morgan, and one great-granddaughter, Natalie. As you can see, we are a large combined family. It seems that for many of us, life has been quite an adventure. 

Teaching has been my adventure.  It is certainly more to me than just a job.  I love my work.  I spend long, rewarding hours preparing for each day that I spend with my students, normally about seventy hours a week, during a school year, and a few weeks during the summer months.  I consider it an honor to be able to work with your child.  My mission as a teacher is to help him (her) develop self-respect and confidence.  I want your child to believe in himself (herself) and achieve his (her) personal goals.