1984 Graduate of Lenoir City High School
1988 Graduate of Maryville College,
Maryville, TN, BA in Fine Arts
2011 Elementary Education Certification Course,
South College, Knoxville, TN
2013 Art Education Certification Carson Newman,
Jefferson City, TN
During my 8th grade year my family moved back to Tennessee from Alabama and I enrolled at North Middle School in Lenoir City. I felt like an outsider most of that school year, and the art program offered at North Middle became a refuge for me. I had never been in a school that offered a specific class in art. At 8th grade graduation that year I was presented with an art award. It was completely unexpected and I still have the framed certificate. That was the first time I really thought about art being something I could do with my life. After graduating from Maryville College, I used my art degree in a variety of jobs including professional photographer, graphic designer, and in marketing. All the things I learned in those jobs seems to come together in art education. I have so enjoyed seeing my students learn to create and enjoy art.
I am the mother of two boys who are currently attending high school.