I am a Christian, wife, mother, and educator. Over the last 15+ years, I have worked in the field of education in varying capacities. I initially began as an after-school student-teacher while I was in college, which was followed by substitute teaching soon after completing my Bachelor’s Degree. I then proceeded to teach 2nd -12th grade at varying levels and capacities over the next several years, while completing a Master’s Degree in education and a second Master’s Degree in administration and curriculum instruction. Finally, I moved into the role of Administrator for 8 years, while completing my Doctorate in education and ethical leadership during the first 4 years of that journey.
In 2015, I stepped away from my position as an administrator to fully embark on the path of motherhood full-time. This decision was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever made but it quickly proved to be one of the BEST decisions of my life! At the time, I had dedicated over a decade to teaching and developing children and my heart was telling me that it was time to pause and put the same, if not greater, amount of time, energy and dedication into teaching and developing my own children. This journey has been a great teacher to me and has allowed me to view the world more clearly. I pay attention more, observe more, feel more, see more, hear more, think more, and even dream more. Overall, I am more present in “life” than ever before. The quality of life that I live now has been enriched greatly! I’m not suggesting that this increase in quality is solely tied to not working full-time and being at home with my children but I will say that the time that I have been afforded to step away from the fast-paced working life has inspired me to be more intentional with the time I do have with my family. That intention has everything to do with the increase in quality! I am intentional about the lessons I am teaching my children every day, in how I interact with them, with my husband, and with those around us. I am intentional about the words I say and choose not to say. I am intentional about what gets my energy and what does not. I quickly came to realize that small moment by moment decisions shape the type of day we will have in our household and those decisions greatly impact and shape the development of my children.
At the end of the day, I am simply a woman who is trying to be the best person I can be so I can raise my children to be the best people they can be. My husband and I desire to raise children who will be a light in this ever increasing dark world we find ourselves in right now, and we know it starts with us trying to be the light for them in our everyday lives.