Subjects, Activities, Responsibilities
Academic Dean, Composition I
B.A. in English/Literature: Lyon College (cum laude)
M.A. in English: Arkansas State University (4.0 GPA)
Secondary Education Certification from the State of Arkansas in English and Oral Communication
Catholic School Leadership (Administration) Certification from the University of Dallas
College Board Certified for AP English Lit and AP English Language
Secondary Teaching at the following schools: Lynn High School, 1985-86; Choiseul Bay Provincial Secondary School, United States Peace Corps, Solomon Islands, 1986-1987; Gould High School, 1988-1990; Oak Ridge Central High School, 1991-2000; Pocahontas High School, 2000-2002; Adjunct Professor of English: Black River Technical College, 2000-2002; and Subiaco Academy, 2002 to the present.
A Little About Me:
I was born and raised in the Delta region of East Central Arkansas where cotton and rice were king during my childhood. My parents are both children of sharecroppers who told my brothers and me from an early age that a solid education was foremost. My Dad, who registered for school in August, then missed school until late November in order to help his family with the harvest, was especially adamant about taking advantage of every opportunity afforded us at school. I am the first person on either side of the family to earn a college degree from a four year school. My oldest paternal cousin went back and received hers in her early 30s; both of us are teachers.
One of my strongest influences in life was my paternal grandmother who didn’t learn to drive until she was in her late 50s and twice widowed. She always told us it was never too late to learn, and that with a good education, we could achieve our dreams. I was fortunate to attend an outstanding high school that had several inspirational teachers. I felt from the age of 16 that I had been given a vocation to teach; in fact, I was never certain (until as a college senior I got to know Roy) that I would be a wife and mother, much to the chagrin of several great aunts who thought being a spinster, especially a school teacher spinster, was almost an unpardonable sin. I had a strong Christian faith background from my mother who taught me that faith should be a part of everything we do. I have always tried to teach and treat my students as I would want teachers to teach/treat, first my youngest brother, then my own children. I made the move into administration because I wanted to take my teaching experience into adult education and curriculum development. One of my primary goals is to be a good support and guide for teachers, especially beginning teachers. I also see the example of Christ as Teacher before me. I am human and often fall short of the ideal, but it is my hope that the students, parents, and teachers who come into contact with me feel that they have been heard. In addition to the work I am honored to do, I am grateful to Subiaco Academy for giving me the opportunity to discover exciting writers as the coordinator of the literary symposium, an event I strongly believe is important for our students. I enjoy writing and often have the opportunity to contribute to publications associated with the Academy. I’m grateful also to live and work in a place that gives me beautiful landscapes to recreate through watercolor.
At heart, I am a teller of stories. That/s why I enjoy telling stories through music with my husband and friends, especially Gary Kinney. I enjoy telling my son and daughter (and students) stories of my childhood and adolescence—stories of laughter, pain, and growth. Maybe someday, I’ll write the next great American novel as my brother Nick encourages me to do. It will be sure to be full of Delta sights and sounds, the music of my great uncles, and the strong women of the Armstrong, Carter, Burgess, and Doty families.