I was born into a family of mostly educators and coaches. I grew up in the beautiful and dense tree-covered mountains of southern Leslie County, Kentucky. I attended kindergarten at Beech Fork Elementary in Helton, Kentucky and then Kentucky School for the Deaf from first grade until graduation. I was class valedictorian of KSD’s graduating class of 1989.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. in 1997. I later received my Master of Science degree in Deaf education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in 2004.
I have had the fortune of teaching at KSD Elementary School for 18 years. I currently teach language arts, science, social studies, and math in third grade. I am also the current assistant coach for KSD boys’ varsity basketball. I previously coached KSD girls’ middle school basketball, KSD girls’ varsity basketball, and KSD boys’ 4th and 5th grade basketball. I also previously served as assistant coach for KSD boys’ varsity basketball in 1998-99.
I sit on various committees and boards, including KSD Charitable Foundation, Kentucky Association of the Deaf Educational Aid Awards Committee, Kentucky Home for the Aged, Infirm, and Deaf (KHAID), KSD's Instruction Committee and KSD’s Standardized American Sign Language Team.