I began my educational career in 1993 in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana after leaving the US Army. I spent 4 years teaching in an alternative setting in Louisiana focusing on changing long term patterns of inappropriate behavior in students with emotional, behavioral, academic, and judicial problems. As my supervisor at the setting so aptly stated, "If you can teach here, you can teach anywhere"! I have found that statement to be very, very accurate since beginning my teaching career in Baldwin County in 1997. Since arriving in Alabama, I have taught at Fairhope Middle School, Daphne High School, Spanish Fort High School and my current location at Spanish Fort Middle School. In addition, I have supported the county in a teaching role at the Crossroad Alternative Program and as a Resource Consultant for the Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area. My duties have ranged from teaching core academic subjects as an Inclusion teacher in English and Math to a small self-contained setting working with students with significant behavioral and academic issues. I have also served in a capacity where I supported teachers with implementation of Individual Education Programs, implementation of federal and state legal mandates, as well as, monitoring records to ensure compliance with current legal requirements.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am a school bus driver and I serve as a facilitator two nights a week for a Chemical Abuse Prevention Program (CAPP). This program focuses on assisting students and their families with making better personal choices, improving interpersonal communication, appropriately resolving conflicts, and goal setting. I also work each summer in the Special Education ESY (Extended School Year) Program working with more severe and profound special education students who require intensive support and services during the summer
I have an undergraduate degree in Industrial Technology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois. I also have masters degrees in Management from Troy State University (European campus) and a Masters of Special Education from the University of New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.