Believe it or not, I am a NASCAR fan having grown up in Martinsville about 50 miles south of Roanoke. When I was younger and lived at home, my parents would never let me go to the races as they probably thought it was not an appropriate environment for a young lady! I have been to the racetrack at Martinsville several times since then and it is really a lot of fun. My oldest son works for a company in New York City that represents many ESPN analysts and he has been able to get pit passes for me which means you are right there in the infield and able to watch all the drivers and their pit stops up close and personal. Very amazing and dangerous!
What’s your teaching passion?
Our class is usually a child’s first time in a formal school setting. So we teach more than typical “academics”. I have a passion for getting a child started out on the right foot with learning to be kind to his classmates and enjoy himself within the school setting. Lots of factors come into play here in order for that to happen—a good night’s rest, a healthy breakfast and kiss from Mom or Dad to have a good day. My co-teachers and I challenge ourselves everyday to provide an environment that the children look forward to coming to.
What motivates you as a teacher? What do you do to stay current?
I love the idea of being a child’s first teacher. I feel that the most important thing for a 3-year-old is to learn to love school. A child who finds joy and fun in learning is more likely to remember what he was taught. I read as much about early childhood education as I can find, I have attended conferences, and I have visited other preschools to get ideas from other teachers.
What was your favorite book you read in school?
Probably Gone With the Wind.
Who influenced your decision to teach?
My father. I was going to major in History at UVA and he advised me to have a professional skill that would support me through life. I had worked with children for several summers and found it very rewarding. He was right. It was a perfect major for me and I have always been thankful for that advice.
When you're listening to music, who's playing?
Steely Dan, Doobie Brothers or maybe Stevie Wonder.
If you were not teaching, what might you be doing instead?
It would probably be a job that involves a lot of interaction with people, not a computer.
Do you have a particular North Cross memory that stands out?
The kindness Liz Holt has shown me. Over the years she has offered me substitute positions, full-time work, and even advice when one of my boys got into a fight here in lower school and I was worried! Liz always had her teachers’ backs and offered advice from many years of experience and I always appreciated that.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition?
My favorite tradition at North Cross is the graduation ceremony. I have been to several here for friends and family members and more recently as a faculty member. I love the uniqueness of the ceremony and to see the accomplishments of the graduates that I have known since they were small children. It is really special.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned?
That school is fun and that they’ll always want to come.