Degrees and Certifications:
I went to elementary school in Indiana and New Jersery. High School was also in NJ, Hunterdon Central. College was at University of Texas at Arlington. I graduated with a BA in PE and a teaching certificate in Biology and PE. At UNT the courses enabled me to earn additional certification in Special Education, Life Earth Science, Physical Sciene, and Composite Science. While I lived in Washington State I earned my Master's of Education in Educational Technology.
My daugther, Shaleena, lives in WA state with her husband Josh. She is an early childhood teacher at a local daycare that has been ranked as one of the top five in the state. They have a cat named Lily Marie.
This brings me to the loves of my life...Cleo my cat is white with grey tiger stripes and she is about 9 yrs old. And then there is Jack Russell. He is a Min Pin I got from a chihuahua rescue site. Being the adorable youngest gets him out of a lot of trouble. Peaches Madison Hannah Russell is my newest furry baby. She is a peach colored chihuahua mix. They are all rescue pets keep me on my toes.
I have been fortunate to travel to many different states and countries. And a couple of them I have actually lived there. I have been able to visit most states in the US and have lived in Indiana, New Jersery, Texas, Illinois, and Washington state. I have traveled to Italy (as part of a HS Foregign Language trip), Portugal, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Australia, UK, Ireland, France, and Cape Verde Islands. Most were just visits, some were stopovers, but I lived in Australia and Portugal.
My favorite class in HS was PE. My least favorite class was Mr. Adamcyck History class. I love all genres of music but mostly country and christian are what I listen to the most. George Strait and Eric Church are some country favorites. Chris Tomlin is probably my christian favorite. Movie favs include Nottinghill, The Holiday, and Love Comes Softly (TV movie). Actors include Sean Connery to Adam Sandler and others. Actresses Merly Streep, Julie Roberts, Cameron Diaz and Helen Miram to name a few. I love to read romances and biographies. My favorite book is Hinds Feet On High Places by Hannah Hurnard. Favorite authors include Danielle Steel, Debbie Macomber, Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham, Nicholas Evans to name a few.
The person I consider my hero is my daughter. Shaleena has been through some ugly life changing events before I adopted her and yet she is still a giving caring loving person.