Education: Emory & Henry College
B.A. in Mass Communications
Current Position: Yearbook Adviser, Newspaper Adviser, Graphic Design teacher
Year Appointed: 2014
Where did you grow up? Salem, Va.
What’s the one thing your students don’t know about you? I love going to hockey games.
What’s your teaching passion? What motivates you? Using yearbooks to tell people's stories and capture a school's life in one book is my passion. I created yearbooks in high school and college, and was not ready to give it up yet. Knowing we create something that people will look at in 25 years and be thrown back to a specific moment is what I enjoy most.
What was your favorite book you read in school? The Great Gatsby
When you're listening to music, who's playing? The Black Keys, MGMT, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, and even some Justin Bieber, despite how much my students make fun of me for it.
If you didn't teach, what would you be doing instead? Working at a newspaper or magazine in a bigger city. My dream job though would be a First Amendment lawyer.
What's your favorite North Cross tradition? Getting to dedicate the yearbook to an important member of the North Cross community and presenting it to them at the end of the year. Other schools don't typically do that, so I think it is pretty neat to honor someone in that way.
When your students move to the next grade, what is the most important lesson you want them to have learned? I think every student has a story, so I hope my students have learned to think beyond themselves and their own friend groups to find the uniqueness in everyone. I hope they leave my class with the ability to not always play it safe by making the obvious choices, whether it's in story telling or in their creativity in graphic design projects.