A Little About Me
     I have lived in the Washington County area all my life.  I attended Sulphur Springs and Daniel Boone. I have strong roots in the community and am personally invested in the futures of the schools and students within.  I come from a family of educators (most of whom work in Washington County Schools) and education and counseling are my passion. I love working with children of all ages, backgrounds, cultural groups, and abilities. In my spare time, I like to spend time with my husbnd Jerimie, our dog Lucy, and my amazing friends and family.  I love to read and watch movies. I am addicted to scary stuff and mysteries!  I love amusement parks and roller coasters. I love music, particularly Motown and Folk music. Some of my favorites are Otis Redding, Al Green, Sam Cooke, Amos Lee, Ray LaMontagne and Ryan Adams. I love the Tennessee Titans and the New York Giants and who could forget the TENNESSEE VOLS! I love baseball. Some of my interests are: play therapy, music and art therapy, and therapy using animals.  I like meeting new people and learning new things!

    Educational Background and Memberships
    I attended East Tennessee State University for both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. I have a B.S. in Psychology and a Master or Arts in Counseling, with a concentration in School Counseling. I completed my Practicum and Internship at University School, where I had some wonderful experiences! I also completed a Practicum at the Community Counseling Clinic at East Tennessee University. I am a member of the American School Counselors Association (ASCA) and the Chi Sigma Iota Honor Society.

    My Counseling Philosopy

    I believe

      All students have dignity and worth and have the right to be served by a school counseling program
         • All students have a capacity to learn and should be supported in their academic endeavors
         • All students will be provided with a school counseling program that will be consistent with expected developmental stages of learning and differences in learning styles.

     And that the school counseling program should:
         • Be planned and coordinated by the school counselor in consultation with other representatives of the school and community.
         • Engage students in classroom, group and/or individual activities to enhance student learning.
         • Provide academic, career, personal and social development for every student.
          • Use data to drive the program development and evaluation, and actively monitor student results.

     And that all school counselors:
          • Abide by the professional school counseling ethics as advocated by the American School Counselor Association.
          • Shall participate in professional development essential to maintain a quality school counseling program.