I originally hail from the Tar Heel state, North Carolina. I grew up eight miles from Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Bases (two of the most important military installations in the country), a beautiful Sandhills area. Nestled in Western Harnett County is the community that shaped my enthusiasm and desire to share my experiences, Spout Springs. I grew up where I had genuine country experiences: picking wild black berries, shelling field peas, eating vinegar based barbecue, handing tobacco, and pricking sandspurs out of my feet. As far as I was concerned, I was equipped to conquer the world. Several times each year I return home to Spout Springs via Duck (Outer Banks) and reminisce while capturing the picturesque setting sun on the sound, listening to the roaring ocean, and walking the ocean shore. There is absolutely no place like home.
After graduating from high school, I ventured to Raleigh, North Carolina to attend Saint Augustine’s College and later relocated to Atlanta, Georgia to further my education and live. Upon obtaining my bachelor’s degree in English, I immediately enrolled in Atlanta University’s graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in English. While pursuing the latter degree, I worked as a graduate assistant at nearby Clark College. The master’s degree gave me flexibility to utilize my educational skills on different levels and in diverse career avenues. Though I had accomplished a great deal as far as some were concerned, I was not content with my first two degrees. I chose to follow in the path of my mentor and oldest sister (professor at my undergraduate school) and pursue higher degrees. Therefore, I enrolled in Argosy University/Sarasota where I obtained both a specialist and doctorate in education with a concentration in leadership and higher education.
Teaching is my passion. I absolutely love facilitating in the online setting. When I step into the cyber classroom, I feel like this is where I belong. I believe I have been called to work with all types of students, for I truly believe all students are capable of learning. Because of my qualifications and zeal for teaching, I have been named teacher of the week, semester, year, and most likely to be your mother on more than one occasion. I believe in my students. I work hard to get my students to believe in themselves and to understand that they too can do anything within reason if they maintain high standards, set reasonable goals, and never ever give up on their dreams.
I have diverse experience in the “real world,” mainly the educational arena. I have over twenty-five years teaching experience in traditional high school, four year traditional college, two year college, and online university. My positions have ranged from classroom instructor, facilitator, academic affairs coach, department chair, mentor, tutor, and a host of other tasks.
I love family. As a middle child at every opportunity, I host family functions at my home where at least sixteen to twenty-five people attend and laugh merrily, feast hearty, and share traditions. I have been married for over twenty two years to a wonderful “Carolina” man, and we have three children who range from elementary to college age.
I am who I am today because of my loving parents. They inspired me to treat others the way I want to be treated and to exceed the high expectations that they had set for my siblings and me. My mother and father were my first teachers in life, the greatest educators, motivators, and parents that I have ever known. They instilled in me one of the greatest gifts a parent could ever present to a child, the love for reading and writing. Now, I unselfishly share my gift with you.