I am married to a teacher and am a father of two kiddos. Our family lives in the New Salem Community. When I am not working at New Salem I tend to be an outdoorsman taking on new outdoor projects and challenges.
I have come to learn that our greatest limitation are the limitations we set on ourselves. Human ability is not set at birth. Instead, I believe that every student has unlimited growth potential both academically and socially. It is our great responsibility as educators to teach students how to unlock their potential daily and thrive.
East Union Middle School, Union County, teaching students grades 6-8, with various disabilities, but mostly students with behavioral and emotional disabilities. Also taught seventh-grade language arts.
Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator, Pageland Elementary School, Chesterfield County, SC.
Principal, Carthage Elementary School, Moore County, NC.
Principal, East Elementary School, Union County, NC.
Principal, The Health Science Academy at Monroe Middle School, Union County, NC.
Currently, Principal, New Salem Elementary School, Union County, NC.
Post High School Educational Bio Info
Undergraduate Degree in teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities with a minor in English from UNC Charlotte.
Additional licenses in teaching students with behavioral and emotional disabilities as well as regular education language arts grades 6-9 via UNC Charlotte and RALC.
Graduate Degree in Educational Leadership from Winthrop University. Licensed in K-12 school administration.
I am a native of Marshville, NC. I attended New Salem Elementary for Kindergarten, but then moved and attended Marshville Elementary, East Union Middle, and Forest Hills High. I currently live in Monroe with my husband, TJ, and our two daughters, Aria and Chandler. I enjoy going to the beach, reading, watching the Tar Heels, and spending time with friends and family.
School had such a positive influence on my life, so I became an educator in hopes of doing the same for others. I am passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves. I believe that positive relationships, rigor, and high expectations allow students and teachers to optimize their potential and success for themselves, the school, and the community.
For undergrad, I attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Teaching Fellow. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with a minor in Math, Science, and Technology. For graduate school, I received my Masters in Educational Leadership from High Point University as part of the High Point Leadership Academy (Principal Fellows).
Educational Work History
I taught at Rocky River Elementary in UCPS from 2014-2021 teaching 3rd and 5th grade. I also served as Lighthouse Coordinator for our Leader in Me Program and helped the school achieve Lighthouse Certification in 2019 and re-certification in 2021.
For the 2021-2022 school year, I completed my administrative internship at Forest Hills High School and served as the interim 6th-grade assistant principal for a short period of time at the Health Sciences Academy at Monroe Middle School.
I am excited to join the New Salem family and look forward to a successful year helping our students THRIVE!