Degrees and Certifications:
This is my 3rd year at SHS and my 23rd as a teacher...
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 University of North Texas courses enabled me to earn additional certifications 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 from City University
My daugther, Shaleena, lives in WA state with her husband Josh. She is an early childhood teacher at Cedarcrest Academy. They have a cat named Lily Marie.
This brings me to the other 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 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 enough to travel to many different states and countries. I have lived in a couple of them. I have visited 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's History class. I love all genres of music but mostly country and christian are top on my playlists. 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.
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.