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


 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. Eventually, I hope to preach part-time in a small nondenominational church in the area. 


This is my thirteenth 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, within the next few years.  


I have been married for eight years to Neil (my second marriage) and have three children from my first marriage.  My son, Dan, is an internal medicine physician and a pediatrician 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 ten years and has completed two tours of duty in Iraq- Balad and Baghdad- and one in Kuwait.  He and his wife, Erica, and daughter, Jazlene, are presently based at Aviano AFB, Italy. My daughter, Valerie, lives in Stanley, Virginia. She is a certified veterinary assistant, but is presently employed by Creekside Bakery of Sperryville, Virginia, a family owned and operated business. Her husband, Jeff, is a K-9 road deputy for Page County.  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 and three grandchildren: Brad, Sophie, and Morgan.  Brad, ordinarily based in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica, is in the USAF and is presently serving in Kuwait. 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.