I am the teacher of the STEM elective, and I also coach the robotics competition team. The goal of my classroom is to teach students how to think and solve problems using the computational thinking and design thinking methods in an authentic learning environment. Through these methods students have a systematic process that can be applied to solve any problem.
I have two personal children of my own. My son, Sean, is 13 years old and my daughter, Kaylee, is 12. I also have 3 dogs (Mandy, Poppy, and Daisy) , a cat named Charming, and Arizona our beloved bearded dragon. I enjoy spending my time off with both my family and pets. We all enjoy going hiking in the mountains and going to the beach together. I also enjoy reading, playing games, and any type of puzzles.
This is my seventeenth year of teaching in the Oxford City School System. I taught nine years in 3rd grade, one year in 4th grade, 2 years as the Gifted Specialist, and the past 4 years in STEM with 5th and 6th grade. I received my Bachelors of Science in 2004 from Jacksonville State University, my Masters and Educational Specialist Degrees from the University of West Alabama, and my gifted certification from the University of Alabama. In 2020, I was awarded the Create Foundation Vex Robotics Teacher of the Year.
Over the past four years, I have had the pleasure of coaching the CE Hanna Robotics team. We have won over 63 regular season awards and 18 State Competition awards, which earned 11 spots at the World Vex Competition. In 2021, CEH Robotics placed second in our division at the World Vex Competition.