I am a proud Economics and History teacher at Riverdale High School. Although I’ve taught since 1997, I've only been at Riverdale since 2009. Throughout my years of teaching in TN, WI, and FL, I have often been an activity sponsor, particularly of student government, debate and forensics teams, drama, volunteer clubs, and comics club. I am currently the Key Club sponsor and the Warrior GSTA sponsor for Riverdale. I have education degrees from both USF and MTSU.
Volunteerism is a particular passion of mine, as is service learning. When I am not teaching, I work with nonprofit organizations. In fact, when I moved to Tennessee, my first job was through AmeriCorps at Hands On Nashville. As a Program Coordinator, I was able to create volunteer opportunities for hundreds of youth all over the Davidson County area and teach a group of teens leadership skills. Later, I took a summer position at Safe Haven Family Shelter, where I worked to help homeless children find summer camps, opportunities, and childcare while their parents looked for/ went to work.
In 1995, I married my love, Garrett. Today, he is a great support to me in all endeavors. You’ll often see him and our two children (Max, age 13, and Abby, age 8 ) at Riverdale games and events. As a family, we love to read comics. In fact, we have over 8,000 of them! We also love to travel by car. This past year alone we drove to Florida, Colorado, Vermont, and Washington, D.C. Some day soon, I hope to follow the Lewis and Clark Trail to the west coast!
I also enjoy singing in a community chorus. I have been in a Nashville chorus since moving to TN, and have had the pleasure of singing at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Ryman Auditorium with talented friends, Broadway singers, and television stars.