Native of Fairhope, citizen of the world – I graduated from Fairhope H.S. and went on to seek my Bachelor’s in Music Performance (emphasis on Jazz Guitar) at Loyola University, New Orleans. We were the first graduating class to walk in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina in 2006. Upon finishing, I then signed up with AmeriCorps, working at Start the Adventure in Reading (STAIR): an after-school reading intervention program targeting at-risk 2nd graders in Orleans Parrish. During my tenure there, one of the boys I tutored was a real-life “spy boy” for a Mardi Gras Indian tribe!
I moved home in 2007 and spent a long time basking in the security of a “good job with the City” during the Great Recession years and beyond. Once my daughter was born, everything changed. I decided to leave my comfort zone and apply myself towards having a career. I enrolled in the Fall 2018 semester at the University of South Alabama as a grad student, and I snapped at the opportunity to teach U.S. History at Murphy H.S. in early 2020 (while I finished up my student teaching). We finished in May, with Covid-19 raging all around. By some miracle, a Masters of Secondary Ed., Social Sciences diploma arrived on my doorstep. Go Jags!
In my spare time I like to travel, spend time with loved ones, kayak, read, practice my yoga and play music.