I am beyond thrilled to call Altamahaw-Ossipee Elementary School my new home. Though, I am new to the school, I am familiar with the community and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of the AO family. I was born in Boone, on March 15th, 1986, but have lived most of my life in Burlington, graduating from Williams High School in 2004. I have been married to my college sweetheart for seven years now and we are the proud parents of Eason, 2, and our “bun in the oven” who will be here in December. Personally, I love to read, spend time with my family, travel, walk my dog Winnie, and cheer on both the Tar Heels and the Panthers.
I have been in education for seven years, and there is no doubt elementary schools are the best! I graduated from Appalachian State in 2009 with a degree in Elementary Education. During my time at Appalachian, I completed a professional internship at Walt Disney World, an experience that helped guide me on my educational path. In the fall of 2009, I joined the team at Elon Elementary. At Elon, I spent two years in the third grade and three years in the fourth grade teaching wonderful students that continue to make me proud as I see them grow. After five years of teaching, I applied for the NC Principal Fellows Program and the MSA program at UNC Chapel Hill. As a NC Principal Fellow, I completed a year-long principal internship at Broadview Middle School. In May, of this year, I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with a Master’s in School Administration.
“You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes, you can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” The great Dr. Seuss was not a teacher, in the literal sense, but understood the importance of motivation in achieving your dreams. We work in the greatest profession, in that we have the ability to motivate children as they follow different paths to adulthood. All children can learn, all can grow, and if we do our jobs to the best of our availability, all children can succeed. I look forward to a year of great things and I am beyond thankful that I get to play a part in everything that is to come at AO.