After being in teaching and administration for 15 years at John Johnson Elementary, I would like to think that I have "Taught A THING or TWO" here at JJE, and there is still no place I'd rather be.
Going back in time, I grew up in the small town of Sesser, Illinois where I enjoyed singing in church. While attending a nation-wide vocal competition, I was introduced to my husband (from Georgia). This is why I am what some may call, “A South Georgia Transplant.” After graduating from Columbus State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood, I later attended Albany State University to receive a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership and Supervision. I am currently working in my 16th year at John Johnson Elementary.
My Educational Experience:
While at JJE, I have had the experience of being a first grade teacher, a fourth grade teacher, a lead teacher, and an administrator. . Although my drive and my passion are teaching and learning, I have always known that I wanted to serve in an educational leadership position so that I can help others with teaching and learning. Through my educational experiences, I have learned a lot about how to use data and why it is so important. At JJE, we use our data to drive our instructional goals and improve areas of weakness.
On a personal note, I am not only an educator, but I am also a wife and mother. My husband and I have been married for 15 years. We have 2 entertaining children, a 10 year old girl and a 4 year old boy (a real piece of work). Needless to say, we stay extremely busy. Having a family and children of my own has greatly helped me in my career as an educator. It has helped shape my values, my priorities, philosophies, and my heart. I have a heart for children. I know what it's like to take your 4 year old to school for the first time and try YOUR best not to cry. I know what it's like look at a 5 page document of skills that your child must master in kindergarten. (What? It seems like an awful lot to me!) I know what it's like when your child gets in trouble, and you just want to crawl under a rock somewhere. I want parents to understand that I have been there. I know your concerns because they are also mine. At the same time, I want to teach students responsibility and independence. I want them to be responsible for their actions and understand that there are consequences to unacceptable behavior. I want to help mold them into productive members of our community and prepare them for the educational opportunities to come.
Dr. Seuss is school-wide theme this year, and I found a Dr. Seuss saying that truly sums up me and my JJE family.
"We are all a little weird, and life's a little weird,
And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours,
We join up with them, and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love."
JJE is the place to be!