I am a transplanted Southern Belle from the Mississippi Delta currently living on the Great Plains of Kansas. I have a B.S. in Secondary Education, Social Studies (Dec. 2001) and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in American History (May 2010). My real job is teaching U.S. History and AP U.S. History at a local suburban high school of about 2,000 students. However, as most people know, teachers wear many hats. In addition to teaching, I co-sponsor our high school’s FCA Huddle, serve as the co-webmaster and social media manager for our building, score home varsity volleyball matches, and provide tech support for staff and students.
In 2015, I was elected board president for the Kansas Council for History Education. In that capacity, among other things, I aid in coordinating a yearly state social studies conference, advocate for social studies education at the local and state levels, serve on a state task force with representatives of other social studies organizations, and provide assistance and support as needed to teachers and students in schools across Kansas. To learn more about KCHE, check out our website.
I am also highly passionate about the interdenominational work of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Recently, in addition to co-sponsoring the FCA Huddle at my high school, I was blessed to be named the Central Kansas FCA Communications Assistant. This role involves updating and maintaining the state’s FCA website, building several different informational databases, maintaining social media accounts, and publicizing events. FCA is a ministry unlike any other, and I am so thankful to be part of this team.
When not working, I enjoy spending quality time with my family, spoiling my beautiful niece and handsome nephew, exploring new places, and supporting my church and community.
In her 2006 Oscar award speech for Best Actress in Walk the Line, Reese Witherspoon noted that whenever her character, June Carter Cash, was asked how she was doing, she would respond, “I’m just tryin’ to matter.” Ultimately, that is all I am really trying to do as well – matter. One day I hope that the footprint of my life will reflect mission accomplished.