At FBA: 2006-07

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of South Carolina; Masters in Education, University of Phoenix

Church:  First Baptist O’Fallon.  Church member since 1999, previously taught Vacation Bible School, Sunday School and served on the Kid’s Life drama team. Since our move to St. Louis, we’ve been attending the Journey.

Family:  My husband, Cliff and I have been married since 1986 and have three children.  Lilli is married and is a nurse in Indiana, Charlie is at South Dakota State playing football and Hannah is an Art History major at Missouri.  As we are now empty nesters, we decided we needed a project. We bought an old home in St. Louis that needs a lot of care. If you see paint specks on me, that’s why.

Personal Testimony:  I grew up in a Christian family and have been active in church all my life.  My personal relationship with Christ really began to grow when my husband and I moved to the D.C. area.  I had a new baby, my husband left for military training and I had no friends.  I missed my mamma.  I am from the South, it was cold up there.  God was my only friend; He began to speak to my heart through the Experiencing God Bible Study by Henry Blackaby.  I’ve been active in several prayer groups and strongly believe in the power of prayer.  Several moves later we ended up in O’Fallon and started attending First Baptist.  I first became active in the Women’s ministry, but God had other plans.  He shifted me into teaching young children and I found the perfect fit. I started substitute teaching which further confirmed my desire to teach. We moved to Germany in 2003, and I felt led to get my Masters in Education. We returned to O’Fallon in 2005. I finished my student teaching and God blessed me with a position at First Baptist Academy. Teaching is an absolute joy for me. I love children and I love being in the classroom

Responsibilities and Goals:  My responsibilities are to cover the Illinois Learning Standards and teach the learning objectives in our curriculum.  My primary heart goal for my classroom is that each child develops a strong, daily habit of Bible study and a deeply personal prayer life.

Message to Parents and Students:  I believe all children are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” Each one is precious and uniquely created by God; each one is worthy of my best effort.  I believe that parent involvement is a crucial component of academic success and appreciate all your efforts to help your child learn and grow. I look forward to an exciting year of learning.

Message to Players: I have been privileged to help coach the Lady Eagles Girl’s Basketball team. It is my heart that our players reflect Christ-like attitudes on the court. I also pray they learn to work hard, balance their academics with the demands of practice and to grow spiritually.