I attended Benton High School from elementary to high school. I graduated in 1973 with honors. I spent many years raising my family and then I decided to go to college. I graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education. I then began teaching 4th grade at Atkins Elementary the same year. In 2012 I decided to get my Master’s Degree.I graduated in 2014 with a Master’s in elementary education from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro. That same year I moved from 4th grade to teaching 3rd grade.
I started teaching at Atkins in 2003. I have been with the school district for 15 years and have loved every minute. I started by teaching all subject. We decided to departmentlize in 4th grade and I began to teach Language Arts. Shortly after that I moved to 3rd grade where I am still teaching Language Arts.
I married my husband, Jim, in 1972. We have been married 45 years on November 19. We have two children, Melissa and Bob. Melissa graduated from Atkins in 1992 and has three children, my wonderful gradchildren, Ashton, Ardyn, Abron and three step children. Abron is in the eleventh grade and Rhiannon is in the tenth grade here at Atkins.Bob, graduated in 1994 and is married to a local gal, Charlotte, who graduated from Atkins in 1992. They have two beautiful daughters, Leila and Ava. We also have four wonderful fur babies, Rosie, Sugar, Albert, and Maximillion.
One of my hobbies is junking, making old things new. I also enjoy reading. My favorite books are murder mysteries.