Prior to becoming an educator, I worked at a local theme park in Human Resources and Organization Development, but longed to get into education. I began teaching math at East Ridge High School in 2003. During that time I also served as an Academy Lead Teacher and built a Peer Mentoring Program. In 2009 I became an Assistant Principal at Mount Dora High School where I was able to combine my love of education with my previous HR experience, helping both students and teachers in their educational journeys. In 2014 I was excited to join the Grassy Lake family and serve as an AP here in my own hometown.
I received my B.S. in Psychology from Stetson University, M.A. in Human Resources from Rollins College, and Ed. Specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Stetson University. I live here in Clermont with my husband Craig (a high school math teacher), my daughter Abigail (also a current GLES Star), and toddler twins Jack and Lily. I have absolutely fallen in love with our GLES families. Every day I look forward to working with our students and striving to keep Grassy Lake’s tradition of excellence.
I have served in a variety of roles since the school opened in 2007 including, Science Lab, 5th Grade, Technology Lab and Curriculum Resource teacher. I’m a third generation native Floridian, and after graduating from Florida State, I began teaching in 1993 in Bradenton, Florida, my birthplace. While teaching middle school in Naples, Florida, I earned a master of education degree from Florida Gulf Coast University. I have also taught at Ocoee Middle, a state demonstration school.
Both of my children, Carson and Patrick, attended GLES. I credit our school and its teachers for their academic successes. My youngest is an honor student at South Lake High, and my oldest is a sophomore at Florida State University where he is a Bright Futures Academic Scholar and member of the Marching Chiefs & Seminole Sound trombone sections. My husband (Chris) and I have called Lake County home since 2000. In my spare time I enjoy butterfly gardening, carpentry, furniture refinishing and playing alto sax in the FSU Marching Chiefs Alumni.
I believe it’s my role to support students, teachers, families and staff to cultivate a school environment where students not only achieve their potential but grow beyond expectations! Collectively, our school family, must teach and inspire students to take charge of their learning, set goals, and persevere in working hard to achieve these goals.