I am a native of West Columbia, SC, and a product of Lexington School District Two schools. I was an honor graduate from Airport High School in 1988. I stayed local for college, graduating from Columbia College’s Honors Program in 1992 with a degree in Speech Correction. I finished my MSP (Master of Speech Pathology) degree in 1996 and my PhD in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2004, both from the University of South Carolina.
Fun Fact: When faced with the option of either earning a MD or a PhD, I used very basic logic to make my decision. I like being a student, but I love sleep more! Now you know.
I started my career in 1992 in Sumter, SC, as a speech therapist traveling between multiple locations, serving students ages 3-21.
Fun Fact: At the first school I ever served, my “room” was a converted horse trailer in a field behind the school that was infested with yellow jackets!
The commute back and forth from Columbia to Sumter became more challenging as time went on. One year after completing my MSP, I took a leap of faith and left my job in Sumter, hoping for something local. I worked as a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) in several part time medical speech therapy jobs because there were no full time jobs for a SLP in the schools anywhere in the Columbia area.
Over the years, I gained more medical experience than I ever could have imagined between working at the VA and working at Palmetto Health Richland, but finally did wind up in Lexington One before coming “home” to Lexington Two over ten years ago, where I became a National Board Certified Teacher. It really does feel like coming home, and I am honored to work at Fulmer, where we are a School to Watch.
I’m thankful to have been blessed with a wide array of experiences so far in my career. I’ve had the unexpected joy of meeting a 102 year-old veteran and heard his stories from Normandy. I’ve had the bittersweet experience of counseling patients and their families as their particular disease process progressed. I’ve had the humbling encounter watching a two-pound baby fight to live. I’ve had the life-changing experiences of the deaths of patients with whom I worked, laughed, and cried, and all from whom I learned.
I was married in 1995, in the middle of graduate school, to a man who grew up in the area. Our first home was in the Rosewood area of Columbia.
Fun Fact: My husband and I were engaged after knowing each other only three weeks!
My husband, Charlie, is an attorney who works for the Supreme Court of SC’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel. We have two boys whose names are Samuel and Adam. We also have a daughter named Pete. All three are former Falcons!
I am a member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church where I’ve been known to sing a few songs with the adult choir and ring a few handbells in both the Transfigure Ringers and the Mt. Tabor Ringers. In my “free” time, I enjoy watching the Lady Gamecocks Basketball Team, volunteering with a variety of organizations, surfing the web, and working on the Falcon Yearbook.