As a native Georgian, I exemplify the term true GRITS (Girls Raised in the South). Born in Rome, I spent my early years in northwest Georgia and my teenage years in southeast Georgia. After high school, I attended UGA where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. After graduation, I decided to remain at the University of Georgia and earn my Master of Arts in Speech Communications. During graduate school, I also worked as a teaching assistant for the basic Interpersonal Communications Course.
After completing our respective graduate programs, my husband and I moved four times in five years, eventually landing back in Marietta. I took a ten-year break from the teaching profession, fulfilling my desire to be a stay-at-home wife and mother. In 1997, I re-entered the workplace teaching Journalism and Computer Studies at Eastside Christian School. I served as advisor for the school's newspaper, The Paw Print , and literary magazine, The Lion's Tale. A highlight in my career at Eastside came when the newspaper won the GSPA Newspaper General Excellence Award for the Best Overall Middle School paper in Georgia. An added benefit was that my children also attended ECS. What a great way to combine work and family!
In 2002, we moved to Cartersville, and I began teaching at Floyd College in January 2003. Since that time, I have watched our college undergo a name change, an enrollment explosion, and several campus expansions. The communication department has increased from three instructors to nine. Life at GHC is not quite as simple but it certainly is exciting.
In 2006, I accepted the role as co-chair of the IC@ GHC quality enhancement plan authoring committee. The next two years,I continued working on this project as the QEP implementation committee chair. I also served as president for the Faculty Advisory Council and currently serve as the Humanities Advising Specialist and as the treasurer for the GHC chapter of the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.
In my spare time, I enjoy creating short videos for special occasions, eating out on any occasion, and on occasion, traveling to Athens to support the Bulldogs. In a family of five - all UGA grads- the DAWGS spirit has had a big impact on our lives and our wallets:)
I am so pleased to call GHC home.