Hometown: Roanoke, VA. I was born in Fargo, ND and only lived there a couple months before I moved to Roanoke. Other than college, I have lived in Roanoke my whole life. I love it here!
Education: University of Mary Washington—B.S.
Current Position: Assistant to the Director of the Lower School
Year Appointed: 2007
What's one thing we might not know about you?
I really have a dry, funny sense of humor. I always seem to find something humorous in almost any situation. When used appropriately, finding humor even in a bad situation can help lighten the mood. I enjoy it when I can make someone smile or laugh.
What’s your passion here? What motivates you to do what you do?
I really enjoy working here at North Cross and being surrounded by all the kids. My desk stays very busy and it is rewarding to work with all the kids, parents, and teachers. I receive a lot of positive feedback from everyone so I really try to work hard to keep it up!
What was your favorite book you read in school?
I never really had one specific favorite book. I have always enjoyed reading non-fiction especially books about nature and the human body. It sounds silly but I loved to flip through my parent’s World Book Encyclopedia and read about any topic I wanted, kind of like an old fashioned Google.
Who do you consider as your mentor, and what have you learned from them?
My sister, without a doubt! We are only two years apart and we have always been close. She has always been so good to me and really took me under her wing. I even followed her footsteps and went to the same college as her. More than anything she has taught me the golden rule of treating others the same way you want to be treated. She always been so helpful to me and I try to do the same for her and for others.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
I really enjoy listening to 80’s music, especially those one-hit wonders like “Take On Me” by a-ha, “Africa” by Toto, and “True” by Spandau Ballet. I also like to listen to classic rock and alternative music from bands like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, R.E.M., and Green Day. I guess I am stuck in the past and it brings back so many fun memories of growing up!
If you didn't do what you do, what would you be doing instead?
I have always been fascinated with medicine. If I had played my cards right after college, I am certain that I would be a Nurse Practitioner. There is something about investigating into what is making someone sick and helping them get better that I find so appealing. I especially like how a Nurse Practitioner is much more involved in one-on-one patient care.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out? What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
I used to attend North Cross as a child and I remember the Halloween Parades. It was always so much fun to dress up and see all the other costumes. I remember Margaret Ellis dressing up as a witch and leading the line around campus. I am glad that we have started doing the Halloween Parade again. I have just as much fun as an adult as I did when I was a kid.
If you could say something to the students here at North Cross, what would you say?
I would encourage students to embrace their time here at North Cross. I am amazed everyday how many unique opportunities there are here in the classroom and on campus. Also, to take the time to embrace the friendships they make here at North Cross. We really are like a family and the friendships they make here can last a lifetime.