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I am first and foremost a mom. I have 2 daughters, Kimberly and Amanda. Kimberly is married to Matt and both of them are teachers here in Marion County. Kim teaches 1st grade and Matt teaches P.E. They are the parents of my 2 amazing grandchildren, Emma age 8 years (3rd grader here at NHJ) and Landon age 6 years (1st grader here at NHJ). I simply adore them and I am delighted to be a Mimi. My daughter Amanda is married to Aaron, a major in the US Air Force. They were stationed in England for several years, and while I missed them terribly it gave me a great excuse to visit!!! They are now stationed in San Antonio, TX. They have my grand dog, Django, a 2 year old weimaraner. I also have the sweetest dog (a chihuahua rescue) named Buddy. He is pure delight for me.
I am the middle child of 6 children so I have learned how to compromise and also how to survive using a sense of humor. I consider myself honest (sometimes to a fault) and fun loving but with a sense of responsibility and a desire to see others succeed. I try to instill responsibility in my own children as well as into my students.
My favorite thing to do is TRAVEL! I have been to many more countries in Europe than I have been to states in the United States. One of my favorite places to go here in the U.S.A. is Maggie Valley, North Carolina. I have a vacation home there and it is the most peaceful place on earth to me. My hope is to spend more time there one day. I love the changing of the seasons, the trees, and how the creek sounds as it runs through the back yard.
I am blessed to be a teacher and I love what I do. There is no job that is as fulfilling, irritating, exhausting, and amazing. Every day is a new adventure, a new beginning, another chance. And how many people can say that? I love my kids!! Thank you for entrusting them to me this year.