I was born into a family of mostly educators and coaches. I grew up in the beautiful and dense tree-covered mountains of southern Leslie County, Kentucky. I attended kindergarten at Beech Fork Elementary in Helton, Kentucky and then Kentucky School for the Deaf from first grade until graduation. I was class valedictorian of KSD’s graduating class of 1989.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 1997. I later received my Master of Science degree in Deaf education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 2004. I am currently pursuing a Rank I certification in Supervision of Instruction at the University of Cumberlands.
I have had the fortune of teaching at KSD Elementary School for 20 years. I currently teach Reading/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Mathematics to students in K through 5th grade.
I was an assistant coach for the KSD boys’ varsity basketball team during the last 10 years. I previously coached KSD girls’ middle school basketball, KSD girls’ varsity basketball, and KSD boys’ 4th and 5th grade basketball. I also previously served as assistant coach for KSD boys’ varsity basketball in 1998-99.
I sit on various committees and boards, including KSD Charitable Foundation, Kentucky Association of the Deaf Educational Aid Awards Committee, Kentucky Home for the Aged, Infirm, and Deaf (KHAID), KSD's ASL Proficiency Committee and KSD’s Standardized American Sign Language Team.