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Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees, Certifications

2001-Present: Doctoral Candidate--University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia

1999-2001: Leadership 21 Participant--Georgia Department of Education

1996-1998: Leadership Add-On Certification (L-5)--University of West Georgia in Carrollton, Georgia

1987-1988: MAT Elementary Education--East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee

1983-1987: BA in Psychology--University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee

Georgia Educator Certification

L-5 Educational Leadership (P-12)

T-5 Early Childhood Education (P-5)

S-5 Teacher Support Specialist

T-5 Elementary Grades (P-5)



History of Teaching and School Leadership

2003-Present: Principal at Arbor Station Elementary

1999-2003: Assistant Principal at Chapel Hill Elementary

1998-1999: Assistant Administrator/REP Teacher at Eastside Elementary

1997-1998: Fourth Grade Teacher at Eastside Elementary

1996-1997: Fourth Grade Teacher at L.W. Burnett Elementary

1991-1995: Fifth Grade Teacher at L.W. Burnett Elementary

1990-1991: Third Grade Teacher at L.W. Burnett Elementary

Additional Leadership Positions held during Educational Career

Chair for: SST, SACS

Coordinator during Career for: School Assessment

Douglas County Committee Participant for:

Douglas County Technology Committee

Douglas County SACS Steering Committee

Douglas County Curriculum Committee

Assessment Task Force

School Level Participant for:

Staff Development

Language Arts

Shared Leadership

Technology Committee

Media Committee

Presenter for Professional Conferences:

GCIRA 1996

GTMC 1995-1998, 2000

Areas: Reading Comprehension, Phonics, Nonfiction Books, Differentiated Instruction, Thematic Units, Teaching Math with Literature 

Planned and organized Chapel Hill Staff Development Day for Teachers

Areas: Math Innovations, Reading, Writing, Gangs, Social Studies, Teacher Web Pages


I am originally from Tennessee where I attended the University of Tennessee. I received my Master’s Degree at East Tennessee State University. I have also completed all my course work for a doctorate in School Improvement at the University of West Georgia.

My teaching career began in 1990 in Douglas County, where I taught third grade at Burnett Elementary School. I have also taught at Eastside Elementary School until I became the assistant principal at Chapel Hill Elementary School. In 2003, I was named the principal of Arbor Station Elementary School.

It is a great honor to work with the students, teachers, and families of Arbor Station.