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I grew up in the small town of Brinkley, Arkansas that had a population of roughly 5,000 people. I have been a teacher since I was 12 years old. I started playing the piano at the age of 6. My skills advanced rather quickly so my parents allowed me to give piano lessons to earn some money in addition to the allowance I was receiving. As a junior in high school, I was a first grade tutor in reading and mathematics.
My forte in high school was mathematics. Mathematics came easy to me, and I helped my friends with their homework. My first passion was music but I soon realized that by majoring in mathematics would make me be more marketable with a degree in mathematics verses a degree in music.
My first teaching job was in Fort Worth, Texas, at South Hills High School. I completed my graduate work at the University of Central Arkansas in August 2005. Now that I had my masters degree I could teach in a college. I continued to teach high school full time and be an adjunct faculty member at the college. In 2006, I took a position as an instructional specialist at Carter-Riverside High School in Fort Worth, TX. In 2008, I took a position as a lead content teacher at Leonard Middle School in Fort Worth, TX.
I taught at Little Rock Central High School from 2003 to 2006. While I was a teacher at Little Rock Central High School, I enrolled in an on-line multicultural education class. The class changed my views about at risk students in public schools.
In the summer of 2008, I moved to Garland to teach at Garland High School. In 2010, I was given the opportunity to be Program Administrator for Project Educating and Diversifying to Grow Exponentially (EDGE). Helping students become more competent and confident in mathematics has been a passion of mine for several years now. In September of 2011, I was unanimously selected as the 2011 Garland NAACP Educator of the Year. This was the first time in my entire teaching career that I had been recognized for my efforts as a teacher.
But my world came crashing down on October 5, 2011. My mom called to tell me my Dad died! What do you mean Daddy died? I was in denial and soon thereafter the emotions came. This was the first time in my career I put everything on hold and had to STOP!
In 2012, I met the woman who soon became my best friend and introduced me to the Christian life style. Also, I published my first book, “Algebra for the Urban Student.” My life slowly started to pick up. I decided to make some changes in my life. I was a published author and a public speaker; I had new best friend. I even started to go to church. A new circle of friends was a breath of fresh air. Instead of just going to work and going home, I was actually enjoying my life and the people that I was around.
In 2013, I decided I wanted to do something special for my 34th birthday and went on a singles cruise. It sounded like a great, relaxing and enjoying vacation. The cruise line set me up with a roommate and off I went, 8 days and 7 nights on a cruise ship. Now, this is a vacation! I met the nicest guy ever. The events that happened after this changed my life forever!