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Masters of Early Childhood Special Education, 1995 
Alabama A&M University, Normal, AL                                                      

Bachelors of Science, Special Education, Mental Retardation, 1974
University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL                                          

Associates Degree, General Studies, 1972
Pensacola Junior College, 
Pensacola, FL                                               



August, 2008 – Present
K-5 Multiple Disabilities Teacher at Rocky Ridge Elementary                

August 2008
Self-Contained Special Education Teacher at Trace Crossings Elementary

March 1993-June 2008
Huntsville City Schools - Self-Contained Special Education, Students with Multiple Disabilities.                 

August 2003 – June 2008
Academy for Academics and Arts  
Teacher of Students with Special Needs, Multiple Disabilities, Grades 3-5

August 1995 – May 2003
Center for Developmental Learning
Teacher of  Students with Special Needs, Multiple Disabilities, Grades 3-5

August 1993 – May 1995
Jones Valley Elementary, Huntsville City Schools                                                                               
Writing to Read Lab, K-1st grade (’94-’95)
Instructional Assistant in classroom with students with Emotional Conflicts (’93-’94)

September 1988 – March 1993
Latham Methodist Church Preschool                    
Four-year-old Preschool Program Teacher

September 1985 – May 1986
Huntsville Achievement School                             
Preschool Special Education Teacher

January 1975 – June 1978
Escambia County Schools, Pensacola, FL                                      

Petree and Judy Andrews Schools
Music and Art Teacher for students with special needs


I have been a special education teacher for what seems like all my life (a long time!!). For most of my career, I have taught students in a self-contained setting and it is more of a vocation for me than a job.  I love thinking of ways to help my students access their environment and am always excited when I discover new ways to use technology in the classroom.  This is my 6th year at Rocky Ridge Elementary.  In 2012-2013, I was selected as Rocky Ridge's Teacher of the Year, Elementary Teacher of the Year for Hoover City Schools, and was one of the 4 finalists for the Alabama Teacher of the Year.

My husband, John, and I moved to Hoover from Huntsville in 2008.  We have three adult children - twins Patrick and Tim, and a daughter, Lauren.  Lauren has followed in my footsteps and also teaches students in a self contained setting for Mountain Brook City Schools

Quilting is my other passion and I have had quilts featured in national quilting magazines and national shows. I even had one quilt that was displayed in our sister city, Hitachi, Japan!  I have made quilts that feature storybook characters that hang in my classroom.