I am proud to say that I am a North Carolinian by birth. I was born and grew up in Elon College, now called “Elon” since the college reached university status. I was blessed with Christian parents and a strong extended family. My brother Terry, is a pastor. One of the greatest testimonies to my parents’ influence and guidance is the fact that both my brother and I are involved in full-time ministry.
I attended elementary, junior high and high school in Alamance County and graduated from Western Alamance High School in 1970. I graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Education. I later returned to school for courses in Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
I have had the privilege of being involved in Christian education for over thirty years. I have been involved in various Christian school organizations and have taught a number of workshops at teacher conferences. During my years in Christian education, I have taught kindergarten through sixth grade, served as elementary school principal, assistant principal, and principal. I now serve as the kindergarten through sixth grade principal at GRACE and am responsible for the daily operations of our kindergarten through sixth grade campus. I taught at GRACE when it was Mount Olivet Christian School and have served as assistant, elementary or K-6 principal since 1996. My entire adult life has been devoted to children, both in schools and churches. I believe very strongly in the partnership between parents, churches and Christian schools.
My husband G.W. (sometimes called Great and Wonderful) and I have been married for 43 years. We moved to Raleigh in 1985 and thoroughly enjoy the area.
One of my greatest joys in life was becoming a mother. My beautiful daughter, Krista, and her husband live in Greensboro. They have given me the privilege of being called “Grandma” by blessing me with two beautiful grandchildren. Isaiah is 11 years old and will be in sixth grade this year. He enjoys sports and building things with "PawPaw." Jayden is seven years old and will be entering second grade in the fall. She loves to sing, dance, and follow her brother. Both Isaiah and Jayden are delightful children who live life to its fullest. We love reading books together and making pancakes for breakfast! I often tell folks that having these two around is the greatest stress relief in the world. God is so good!
My husband and I are actively involved members at North Haven Church in Raleigh. I teach first and second graders and serve on the missions committee, and on the leadership team for our Child Development Center. I also co-direct a summer camp for children in foster care through our church’s Royal Family Kids' ™, (www.rfkc.org), a ministry to abused and neglected children. One of my passions in life is ministry to orphans and at-risk children. My husband and I often take mission trips to South Africa to work with children and youth in partnership with Reaching a Generation. (www.rag-us.org)
I love to read and travel and enjoy music and herb gardening. I enjoy spending time with my family, whether it’s at our annual week at the beach or cheering on our North Carolina Tar Heels! It is a privilege to serve at GRACE. God has blessed our school over the years in so many ways.
Among the greatest of those blessings are the people that make up the GRACE community. It is exciting to see the many ways our teachers, students, and families are impacting the world for Jesus Christ.