Welcome to my page!
This is my thirty-third year as a teacher at Bray-Doyle. I was born and raised in Oklahoma. I graduated from Midwest City High School and earned my Bachelors Degree in English and Spanish Education at Southwest Oklahoma State University at Weatherford. I earned my first Masters Degree in English Education at Cameron University in Lawton and my second Masters Degree as a Library Media Specialist at East Central University in Ada.
I am married to Jim and have three sons, Ben, Brian, and Brad, who all graduated from Bray-Doyle, and a daughter-in-law, Mary. I have three grandsons, Cody, Brian, and Kole, and one granddaughter, Madison. Kole is in Mrs. Barnes’ third grade class, and Madison is in Ms. Archer’s first grade class.
I enjoy reading (naturally) and listening to books on CD. I retired five years ago from the Bray Volunteer Fire Department after 14 years of service. However, spending time with all of my grandchildren is my favorite activity. We love to go to museums, hike, camp, cruise in our pontoon boat, kneeboard (they kneeboard and I watch), and fish (they fish and I watch). I am an excellent watcher.
This is my eighth year as high school librarian and my fifth year as all-school librarian. The most thrilling part of being a library media specialist is working with students and encouraging their interest in reading. When a reluctant reader finally finds an interesting category of literature or a favorite author, we both celebrate! One of my goals has been to raise all grade levels to an similar number of books so that all students have an equal chance to check out new and interesting books. Another goal was to include the kindergarten in our library program so that they could be better prepared for reading in first grade. We met that goal last year, and I look forward to measuring the first graders’ reading performance.