As a graduate of Sumner County Schools, I realize the role education can play in a child's life. When I was a student at Gallatin High School, I had a teacher that pushed me to my limits academically each year. She encouraged me when I wanted to give up, and made sure that each student that walked in her class felt valued. Little did she know her actions helped to plant a seed. When I graduated in 2005, I went on to pursue a Bachelors degree in History from Maryville College. When I started college, my intention was to become lawyer. Becoming a teacher was not even on my radar. As part of a requirement for a psychology course I was taking, I had to complete 30 service hours at a learning facility for "at risk" youth. These students were the bottom performers when it came to test scores, had behavioral issues, and it became very clear they didn't have that teacher in their life to encourage them or tell them they could do better and deserved better. At the end of my 30 volunteer hours I added the teacher licensure program to my degree because I knew then I wanted to give to other students what a teacher had given to me and so many others.
This will be my seventh year teaching social studies in Sumner County. I taught for three years at R.T. Fisher Alternative School, four years at E.B. Wilson High School. I am married to a man who is also passionate about education and currently works in a CDC classroom. We enjoy deer hunting and fishing together and have a daughter, who attends Oakmont Elementary. I am very excited to see what this school year has in store for everyone!
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