I grew up in a small town nestled in the country. There
were a lot of farms surrounding our home and there was a small
cow pasture next door. When we bought our home in Smiths
several years ago, I was thrilled when I found out that I
would be required to drive by a cow pasture every day on my
way to work. There is something very peaceful about cows
grazing in a pasture.
I had the good fortune to attend a small public school in
Thorsby, Alabama. My graduating class was only 35
students. I attended kindergarten with the same people I
graduated with. We remained close throughout our school
days. It was a wonderful
experience. Even more rewarding is that I have been able to
reconnect with my school chums through Facebook.
I am happily married to my husband, Scott, who is truly my
best friend. My husband is the Vice President of
Landscaping for Flournoy Development, a property management company here in
Columbus. He is also a private pilot.
On April 29, 2009, my husband and I welcomed our son. He is
the joy of our lives. His name is Stephen and he is now 4
years old. He is very inquisitive and loves books. Because
I introduced Stephen to my love of cows as an infant, he too
loves cows and can spot a cow a mile away.
I love animals of all kinds (even
bugs). I am quick to share my experiences with my
students and will often bring their attention to a unique bug
or frog. I grew up having cats and dogs as pets and
currently own a 1-year old, male, beagle named Luke. We
adopted Luke from PAWS of Columbus. Luke is a great friend to Stephen. They are best
buddies and spend a lot of time together.
I have two brothers (Kevin and Kyle) and a sister (Kim).
I also have a niece (Brittany) and four nephews (Tyler,
Ethan, Ryan, and Logan).
I grew up working in my grandfather's peach orchard in
Thorsby, Alabama. There is nothing better than a peach
picked directly from the tree. It's warm and juicy and
you'll never find anything like it in a store. I miss those
times on the farm, but I have memories that will last a
lifetime. My grandfather always took the time to share
nature with me. I remember once when he took my
brother and I down to the far side of the farm to show us a
rabbit den. There were little baby rabbits tucked
inside. I was around six at the time. It's a
memory I'll never forget.
teacher, I want to bring that same sense of wonder and
excitement to the children in my classroom.