I graduated in 2002 and 2004 from Concord University, cum laude each time, with a BA in graphic design and another in studio art with specializations in drawing and painting. In 2006 I graduated summa cum laude from Marshall University with a MA in Teaching - Art Education, grades Pre-K - Adult. Since then I have obtained additional master's endorsements in counseling and school principalship. I have been teaching school in WV since 2002. I am beginning my 11th year at Hannan Jr. Sr. High School in Mason County. It is a small 7-12 school (300 students total) and it is a Title I school. There is no place like Hannan and I love my students and the people I work with. In my free time I am a regional scorer of EdTPA portfolios with Pearson Education. I am the treasurer of the WV Dance Education Organization, and a member of the Board of Directors for the WV Dance Company. I am a proud member and the building rep for WV AFT in Mason County. I am currently the Democratic Candidate for WV House of Delegates in District 14. I was very vocal and demonstrative during the WV Teacher's Strike, and I am proud of the energy that is spreading throughout our country's teaching and union communities. I have been married for 10 years to Ammed and we have an 8 year old son, Cole. Our home is our haven and we share it with six cats, one dwarf hamster, two hermit crabs, and a bevy of tropical fish.