Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Education: Roanoke College - B.A.
Year Appointed: 2002
Current Position: Director of the Early Childhood Program; Kindergarten Faculty
Previous Positions: Director of Admission (2002-2006); Fourth Grade Faculty (2010-2012)
My dad was a Lutheran minister. I was raised in New Orleans until my family moved to Fort Myers, Florida when I was in ninth grade. When it was time for me to look at colleges, I looked at a couple different schools, some with religious affiliations and some without; but once I visited Roanoke College I knew it would be the best fit for me. At the time you could not major in education, so I studied religion and philosophy and earned my education certificate for grades K-8.
Did you start teaching right out of college?
I did my student teaching and some substitute teaching right after college, but I actually didn’t have my first full-time teaching job until I started teaching fourth grade here in 2010.
What was your career before teaching?
Right after college I got a job working in the Admission Office at Roanoke College. I loved it. It was a great way to stay connected to the school that I loved, and I got to travel a lot for recruiting purposes which was great until JB and I had Julia in 2001. In 2002 I got a call from Paul Stellato who was looking to hire a new Director of Admission at North Cross. I was honored and quickly jumped at the opportunity!
When did you decide you wanted to teach?
I worked as the Director of Admission at North Cross until Sophia was born in 2006. At that time I decided to take some time off. After a year or two, I actually decided to try a whole new career in finance. I passed my Series 7 and got a job working for Paul Curren at Edward Jones. It was truly fascinating, and I enjoyed it for a few years; but I realized it wasn’t my passion. I missed being in a school environment. In 2010 I heard that North Cross was looking for a fourth grade teacher and decided to finally put that education certificate to use!
How was it coming back to North Cross as a teacher after working in Admission for so long?
My background gave me a really good understanding of why parents choose to send their children to North Cross. As a teacher and a parent of three North Cross students myself, I understand first hand the benefits of a North Cross education. While I loved my time in the Admission Office, I think I have finally found my home in the Early Childhood Program and don’t plan on moving again.
What makes the North Cross Early Childhood Program so special?
Our Early Childhood Program really looks at the experience as an academic part of the lower school. I think there is a stronger standard and expectation than other programs for 3-,4-, and 5 year-olds in the area. Just by being in the lower school and surrounded by older students at such a young age really prepares them for school - kindergarten and beyond.