I am currently a School Psychologist assigned to Dickson Elementary, White Bluff Elementary, William James Middle, Creek Wood High, and TEIS Transitions and Preschools. I did my internship in the 2019-2019 school year and started working as a School Psychologist here in the 2019-2020 school year. I have a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, and my School Psychologist degree (Ed.S.) at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga.
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
Basically this means that if you want success and growth in the future, the best time to act is now. This is a Chinese Proverb. I have a passion for life long learning and this profession hits the nail on the head as there is always something to learn. My primary mission and goal is to always put the what is in the best interest of the child/student first.
I am currently one of four School Psychologists working for the board of education. I am assigned to Charlotte Elementary, Charlotte Middle, Sullivan Central Elementary, Vanleer Elementary, and Burns Middle School. I began working at DCBE in the 2017-2018 school year. I have a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Master of Arts in Educational Psychology, and an Ed.S.
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it"
My current role in the district is serving as one of two Assessment Specialists working with the School Psychologist Team. I have an amazing opportunity and am wrapping up my year one with MTSU School of Psychology program and look forward to becoming a School Psychologist for the District in the near future! I began serving the DCBE in 2013 as a Special Education Resource Teacher at White Bluff Elementary School. I continued my role there as a Special Education Inclusion Co-Teacher and Interventionist until 2016 when I accepted a co-teaching position at Vanleer Elementary School in the district. I worked there for three years and grew not only as a teacher, but also a leader through collaborative efforts, support teams, and managing the school-wide RTI program. This led me to seek interest in the position of Assessment Specialist and grow in my career in serving our students. I graduated from APSU in December 2012 with a B.S. in Special Education. I am currently in MTSU's Master to E.D.S. program for School Psychology with an intent for Masters in August of 2022, and an intent for E.D.S. in May of 2023.
"So often you find that the students you're trying to inspire, are the ones that end up inspiring you"
I have been using this quote on my email for several years and I feel that as a special educator I have been inspired more often times than I have inspired others, and that is quite alright with me.
I am currently serving as an Assessment Specialist for DCBOE. I began teaching in 1986 at Warf School as a Special Education Teacher. I taught three years as a self-contained Sp. Ed. teacher at Warf School, three years as a Resource Teacher at Dickson County High School, fourteen years as a Gen. Ed. teacher in 3rd grade at Stuart Burns Elementary, thirteen years as a Behavior Interventionist for Dickson County, and currently completing my second year as Assessment Specialist for the district.
"You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending."
-C. S. Lewis