Hometown: Roanoke, VA
Education: Virginia Tech—B.A., B.S
Year Appointed: 1975 and 1990
Current Position: Faculty - Third Grade
I first came to North Cross as a student teacher my senior year at Virginia Tech. I student taught PE under Donna Satterwhite and Jim Muscaro. At the time they were looking for another full-time PE teacher and that spring John Tucker offered me the job. I went on to teach PE at North Cross for seven years before I moved to New York to teach first grade at The Town School.
What was it like working for an independent school in New York?
It was exciting! It was a school on The Upper East Side of Manhattan that emphasized the arts. The wait list was long and there was no shortage of celebrity sightings. There were admission tours daily and you would look up and someone famous would be standing in your classroom.
Did you ever teach anyone famous?
I taught Sally Struthers’ daughter, Samantha, the son of Frank Rich, a theatre critic for The New York Times, and the son of Verna Bloom, who played Dean Wormer’s wife in Animal House. And although I didn’t teach him, Paul Simon’s son, Harper, was older but would help out in my class from time to time. The last time I saw Sally Struthers she was starring in a play at Mill Mountain Theatre. I met her in the green room and she told me Samantha was at Vassar studying to be a teacher. That made me smile.
When did you come back to North Cross?
I moved back in 1994 and North Cross had an opening for a second grade teacher. I began teaching and my son, Kyle, started his first year at North Cross as a first grader. That year I taught alongside Sharon Daly and taught second grade for three years before moving to third. I moved to third grade in 1997 with a large class that needed three third grade sections. That was my first year working with Donna Horak and I also taught with Ellen Albertson, and I went on the teach with Donna for 15 years before she retired in 2012.
Mrs. Horak is a third grade legend, what was it like teaching with her?
It was wonderful, we taught together so long that we learned to think for one another. She started as my mentor and became a great friend.
What is your favorite thing about teaching at North Cross?
There are so many special things about North Cross. I love how nervous and excited the children are on Opening Day; I love hearing what the seniors remember, and surprised at what they don’t always remember at the Fat Pencil Ceremony; and, of course. one of my favorite days each year is Colonial Day. But the best thing about being at North Cross is the fabulous education my children, Kyle ‘06 and Hallie ‘11, received here and being able to watch them grow and mature. In fact, I love watching all of my students grow and mature, that is very special to me.
What is one thing people don’t know about you and would be surprised to hear?
In college, I was the mascot at Virginia Tech. Before the “Hokie Bird” existed, I was “The Gobbler!”