I am a proud graduate of NC State University. I received my degree in 1997 in Middle Grades Education / Language Arts and Social Studies. I taught Language Arts at West McDowell Middle School for 5 years. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher in English Language Arts / Early Adolescence. After receiving my graduate degree in Library Science from Appalachian State University, I became the librarian at West McDowell Middle School in 2002.