Allow Myself to Introduce… Myself

I’m creating a “taylor-made” life!

When we’re young, we set goals for ourselves. We dream of growing up, getting married, and if we are lucky, we choose a career we want to pursue in the future. My four-year-old self decided to be a news reporter. Admittedly, it is an odd career path for such a young child to pick – to be fair, I also wanted to be a princess – but I knew what I wanted to accomplish early on in my life. I worked on that dream all through school, earning a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Western Kentucky University, and eventually I landed a job as a reporter. I worked for five years learning how to shoot video, edit news packages, write copy, and even become live truck certified (back when live trucks were a necessity), and I loved almost every aspect of my job, but as I advanced in my career, I felt like something was missing.

Then, my dream changed.

While working as a news reporter, I entered the world of substitute teaching to supplement my income, and I soon found that my days in the classroom were my happiest days. I feel as though a lot of people in the education field knew they wanted to be a teacher right from the start, and honestly, I do not fit in that category.  Over time, my original dream of being a news reporter evolved into the position I have today, which is to teach students broadcast video production by using examples of my real world experience in the career field.

One of my favorite quotes was written by Confucius, who also happened to be a teacher. He said, “Find a job you love and you will never have to work another day in your life”. I can honestly say this quote sums up exactly how I feel about being an educator. When I wake up in the morning, I get to come to a high school classroom. When I “clock in” to school, I get to spend my day talking about a subject I am passionate about. When I put in ten or more classroom hours a day, I get to spend that time with young adults helping them guide their way to life. At the end of my day, I sometimes have to pinch myself because I don’t know how I got so lucky.

When I am not shaping the minds of young learners, I am pouring my heart into raising two kind young boys. My husband, who still works for my previous television station as the chief meteorologist, and we have two little boys: Jackson (5) and Carter (2). As a family, we enjoy taking road trips to visit family in Tennessee and Alabama, and we love to vacation at the beach!

I have a passion for decorating and crafting, which has sparked a small side business where I provide ready-made party décor. I have mostly worked with close friends as clients, but I am always willing to help with any party decorating needs. My best practice has come from hosting my little boys’ birthday parties. A particularly challenging theme was when my oldest asked for a KISS rock and roll style 5th birthday!

If you haven’t already learned more than you needed to know about who I am and what I do, here’s a quick snippet I give my students when I first meet them.

This is me in a nutshell: “Help! I’m in a nutshell! How did I get into this bloody great big nutshell? What kind of shell has a nut like this?” – Austin Powers

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