I began my career as a licensed cosmetologist in 1983. Some years later, I began to pursue my teaching degree. I graduated in 1996, summa cum laude, from Athens State University and began teaching that fall. I was selected as New Teacher of the Year for the state in 1999, and Teacher of the Year at the Limestone County Career Technical School in 2002. I was inducted into Iota Lambda Sigma (outstanding teacher fraternity) in 2002.
In addition to these honors, I have served on many committees related to my area of teaching: the state technical committee for the cosmetology contest for thirteen years, the co-chair for 2005-2012, the state course of study committee, the state textbook committee, the committee for the National Career Technical Honor Society, and the committee that interviewed potential directors for the Limestone County Career Technical Center.
My students have won a total of twenty-three medals in competitions: two bronze national level awards, eleven gold state level awards, seven silver state level awards, and six bronze state level awards. These competitions were judging skills and leadership abilities. Related to these competitions, I have served as Skills USA officer co-sponsor. I have organized many fundraising events for my class as well as the entire Skills USA chapter at the Limestone County Career Technical Center. My cosmetology classes at the Limestone County Career Technical Center also partner with NASA in the H.U.N.C.H. program
Community service a very important aspect of my professional life. I have conducted many community service projects such as: Look Good, Feel Better project for the American Cancer Society, sponsorship of needy children at Christmas for DHR and a canned food drive for the needy at Thanksgiving, leadership of a blood drive for the local hospital and participation in trash collection adopted areas in coordination with the Limestone County Clean Community program. I believe it is very important to model for my students and to involve them in service for the community.
Additionally, I am an accomplished artist and use these talents to serve my students and the community as well. I have participated in "Art on the Square," a program in connection with Revitalize Downtown Athens. This year, I produced an art display recognizing Black History Month and Women's History Month. Artistic African-influenced hairstyles were created for the display at the Athens State University art gallery.
Finally, I work towards good personal relationships with all my students. I will often stay after school to tutor students as long as they need additional help, and I am available to counsel with them as needed. Advisor of the year 2006-2007 and 2011 for Alabama. New teacher of the year for the state of Alabama in 1991. Program of the year 2006.