"Anything's possible if you've got enough nerve!" - J.K. Rowling "No measure of time will be long enough.... Let's start with forever." - Edward Cullen "Always date your spouse! Life is short, the children grow up, and when you are old you need someone to get into trouble with!" - Dr. Scates
Friends describe me
as extra, easy-going, fun, keeping my teacher brain on 24/7, and always laughing
Reading, sitting on the shore, cruising, travel, and crafting
Fantasy dinner guests
Jesus, many of the women of the Bible, loved ones who have gone home, and Elvis.
Best advice I ever received
Love Christ first, you husband the most, your children a close second, and then your parents and family. Thank you Mom and Dad for this advise in August of 1989. I have not forgotten it.
My undergrad alma mater
My worst subject in school
Math - Mrs. Clary told me repeatedly to stop thinking about and writing notes to Nick Scates so I could learn the math. Sorry Mrs. Clary! I still do poorly in math, but I do love my husband well!
In college I drove
A Ford Festiva. That little black car got the best gas mileage and took me places I had dreamed of going - to college (1985) and my very own first classroom of my own at Blacksburg Elementary School in 1989!
If I weren't a professor, I would
still be in my public school classroom teaching 3k -6th grade. For 28 years I moved around in those grade bands and loved every second of teaching Scates' Mates!
The Bible, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Where the Crawdad's Sing, the Twilight series, the Hunger Games series, Tuesdays With Morrie This is not a fair question. I love to read and need a few pages to complete the answer to this question!
Twilight movie series, Hunger Game movie series, UP!, Dirty Dancing, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Breakfast Club
New York, Willemstad, Curaco, Oranjestad, Aruba, The list is long but time is short!
I love to smell coffee, but I do not like to drink it!
Nobody knows I
have always wanted to publish a book! I have several running around in my brain.
My latest accomplishment
is sharing life with my wonderful husband and seeing my girls love hard and bless others! They love with abandon and really care about people. They are my life's greatest work. My latest professional accomplishment is seeing all of my student teachers graduate and enter our profession. They have developed caring classroom communities, loved and taught students well, and represent the profession well.
I am working on growing my own higher education as I enter my 3rd year as the Elementary Teacher Education Program Coordinator at Limestone University. I retired from public education after 28 years in the field. There are several areas that I desire to research in both education and the field of higher education. These areas are part of my future research goals.