I am in my third year as an assistant principal at Sparkman Middle School, and I am so proud to be an SMS Cougar. Before I entered administration, I was fortunate to serve in a couple of transitional positions that prepared me to be an instructional leader. Previously I served as regional support staff for the State Department of Education's Alabama Reading Initiative. Before that I was an instructional coach in middle school and high school. These were important opportunities for me to step outside the classroom and develop a broader view of how schools and districts plan for effective teaching and learning.
I was a classroom teacher for 18 years, teaching English in middle school, high school, and community college, and I truly loved it. However, I did not start out in education. I majored in Radio-Television-Film and worked in radio and TV news before I went back to school to become a teacher. I am certainly glad I switched careers!
I continue to be a student myself as I am pursuing my doctorate degree in educational leadership at Samford University. I want to continue learning about how to move our students forward in achievement and what role I can play as an educator to improve our students' futures.
On a personal note, I am married to an educational leader. My husband is a former principal who is now a director in another district. I have two sons and a lap cat.
I look forward to another great year with my Sparkman family. If you are a parent or community member who would like to become involved in our school improvement process, please see my contact information on this site.