As far back as tenth grade, I knew I wanted to be a special education teacher. I finished college and began my first teaching job in Johnson County, Tennessee in January 1980. I have been teaching in the same school district ever since. Over the past ten years or so, I have spent the majority of my time team teaching with some of the best 4th, 5th, and 6th grade language arts teachers in an inclusion program. I especially love creating book units for our students.

Here are a few of my favorites:

 

In 2012, I opened my Teachers Pay Teacher Store store. After 33 years of teaching, I decided to retire and devote more time to my store. Retirement was short lived. I received a call over the summer asking if I would return for two days a week. I am now tutoring students, mostly reading, and loving it!

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My Family

I've been blessed with the best family. My husband Mike and I have two boys, Matthew and Weston. As you can see in this photo, Matthew looks like his mom and Weston looks like his dad.

Summer Tea

I am a member of Delta Kappa Gamma. This photo was taken at one of our summer teas.

Special Education Conference

These are three of my colleagues and best friends. In this photo we were in Gatlinburg, Tennessee attending the Special Education Conference.

My Children, Nieces, and Nephew

Thanksgiving 2013

My children are the two oldest boys. Both are out of school and in the working world now.


2010

 

My dad passed away six years ago. Since then my mom and I have taken a trip each summer. I leave my husband at home and just enjoy spending some time with my mom. We travel with a tour company, so we just have to show up.

This trip was called "Scenic Train and Cruises Of New England." We drove up the Shenandoah Valley up to Pennsylvania. The race horse photo was taken at Saratoga Springs. We spent a day on Lake George in New York, then went on to Vermont. We toured Mount Washington then rode the Lafayette Dinner Train. The framed view of the lakes was taken at Castle in the Clouds in New Hampshire. From there we went to Portland, Maine.

2011

In 2011, we flew to Los Vegas, and then traveled up the Pacific Coast to Seattle. From Los Vegas we drove through the Mojave Desert to Yosemite National Park. I could have spent a month there and not gotten my fill. It was breathtaking. From there we went to San Francisco.

After doing all the typical tourist things in San Francisco, we traveled through Redwood National Park up to Coos Bay where we rode the dune buggy. After a night in Portland, we spent a day visiting Mt. Hood, Bonneville Dam, the Columbia River Gorge, and Multnomah Falls. We returned to Portland for the night. From there we drove on to Seattle. This was a fantastic trip. The Oregon coastline was the prettiest place I have ever seen!

2012

In 2012, we traveled to Mackinac Island. We traveled through Milwaukee where we had a city tour. From there we traveled through Wisconsin. We spent several days in Door County including a day on  Washington Island which was beautiful. We even enjoyed a fish boil.

Mackinac Island was incredible. Cars are not allowed on the island, so we traveled by carriage. The island is covered in flowers; beautiful flowers could be found everywhere.

The Grand Hotel, pictured here, was the  location for the movie from the 1980's Somewhere in Time starring Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour. It is reported to have the longest porch in the world. We spent a little time rocking on this famous porch just enjoying the view.

2013

This year out trip was a little different. My mom and I traveled with her three sisters. We flew into London, spent a couple days touring the city, then caught up with a tour group. We traveled to Edinburgh and toured the castle and saw the Military Tattoo which was fabulous. From there we went up to St. Andrews to view the golf course and on to Inverness where the heather was in full bloom. We then came back down the west coast of Scotland through Glasgow and back to London.

 

2014

Our tour group flew into Phoenix and then traveled by motor coach to Sedona. We continue to the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and are awed by its vastness and the Colorado River winding almost a mile below.  The next day visited Lake Powell where we cruised through canyons. We moved up to Zion National Park where we slowly descended through many switchbacks to reach the beautiful park. Next we headed east to Bryce Canyon. Later that day we visited Capitol Reef National Park to see  the ancient petroglyphs.

At Arches National Park we saw a natural landscape of giant stone arches, pinnacles, spires, fins, and “windows” that was once the bed of an ancient sea. Mesa Verde was one of the highlights of our tour. From there, we headed south to Santa Fe. Finally we reached Albuquerque before heading home. It was a wonderful trip!

2015

Traveling to the Carolina Coast was a little scary this year with all the shark attacks. We actually saw one shark swimming down the coastline. All the swimmers stood in ankle deep water and watched as it swam along, thankfully not biting anyone.

My two boys went deep sea fishing with my brother. You can see they came home with quite a catch.

In the lower left corner, my nephew and boys are posing for they photo before we headed out for a nice seafood dinner at Crabby Oddwaters.

2015


 

Our mother daughter trip was to Nova Scotia this year.

My favorite part was going to Prince Edward Island to see the Home of Anne of Green Gables and seeing the play.

We saw some scenic countryside and of course several lighthouses.

 

2016
 

After visiting Scotland and England, my mom really wished we had visited Ireland. This was on the top of her bucket list. So, off we went to cram as much sightseeing as possible in our 10 day trip.

First we did some sightseeing in Dublin before setting out to see the rest of Ireland. On the way to Waterford, we stepped onboard the Dunbrody Famine Ship where we saw how emigrants traveled to America during the potato famine. In Waterford, we watched craftsmen etch the beautiful Waterford Crystal. We enjoyed a night listening to Irish music in a small pub.

I kissed the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle. This is no small feat. You must climb to the top of the castle, lay on your back, and then kiss the stone above your head. That night we watched the Celtic Steps perform a beautiful dance. This was much like the River Dance.

Then we visited the scenic countryside of the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula. One night we were entertained with an Irish Ceildh while eating Irish stew.

In Limerick, we explored the Bunratty Castle. This is a restored castle and folk village brought back to life as it was during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Next we climbed the Cliffs of Moher.

We traveled through Western Ireland where the movie "The Quiet Man" was filmed. We stopped at the Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Walled Garden. The romantic background of the castle make the visit really special.

Next we headed to the town of Knock to see the Marian Shire. We also visited the grave W.B. Yeats in the churchyard at Drumcliff. One special treat was a banquet in the Galway Castle where we were entertained with music and storytelling.

We took a quick trip into Northern Ireland to the Belleek Pottery Showroom. From there we traveled to Sligo and stayed in a hotel that looked like a real castle. We had a river cruise down the River Shannon while listening to a guitarist play and sing. We completed our loop by returning to Dublin.

We had a fantastic time!