Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim Because it was grassy and wanted wear, Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I marked the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.
I was born and raised in St.Anthony Idaho. It is in the southeast corner of the state, close to Montana, Wyoming, and Yellowstone National Park. I have two daughters who are the light of my life, and a husband of 28 years. I attended Boise State University and received my Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1990, and in 1998 I received my Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Idaho State University. After living and teaching in Idaho for 36 years, we decided to relocate to Mississippi, where we have been for the last 12 years.
While in Idaho I taught English, reading, U.S. History, and technology at the 8th grade level for 9 years, and the 4th grade for 2 years. I became involved in working with the Idaho State Department of Education and their writing proficiency test. I also created a district K-12 writing assessment, modeled and scored after the state assessment.
In 2001 I began my Mississippi teaching career in Flora working with 4th grade. While there I earned my National Teacher Certification in the area of Middle Child Generalist in 2003, and was awarded East Flora Teacher of the Year, as well as Madison County Elementary Teacher of the Year.
Wanting to work closer to home, I started teaching in Yazoo County and Bentonia Gibbs Elementary. I taught 6th grade math, science, language, and social studies in various blocks, 4th grade self-contained, and 5th grade looping. In 2008 I was awarded the Bentonia Gibbs Teacher of the Year award, and in 2009 I was awarded the Bentonia Gibbs Teacher of the Year, as well as the Yazoo County Teacher of the Year. In 2010 I was awarded the "Best of Yazoo" 5-8 Teacher of the Year for the Yazoo Herald, which serves all schools in the area.
Moving back to Madison County has been a true blessing. Last year I taught all subjects to a classroom of 25 students, this year I am going to be teaming with Mel Lanke, teaching language arts and social studies.The students here are wonderful, the parents are so supportive, and the facilities are fabulous. I can't wait to see what is in store for us this year.