I earned my PhD in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2022. My doctoral research was on K-12 Catholic School Education, focusing on Catholic School Leadership & Governance. 

After earning a Bachelor's in History and a Master's in Education from Emory & Henry College in 2011, I immediately began my teaching career at a Catholic elementary school. For 6 years, I taught World Geography, American History, & Religion to 5th through 7th graders. I also served in many teacher-leader roles including Master Scheduler for the Middle School. I was a part of the Diocese of Knoxville's rewriting of K-12 Social Studies and Religion standards as well. 

I began my time in public schools in 2017 by accepting a position teaching 8th grade American History. During my 4th year in the district, I was tasked to be an Interim Assistant Principal at a local high school, spending 3/4 of the year overseeing the academic, social, and disciplinary needs of Sophomores. Once that interim position ended, I was asked to take the role of Assistant Administrator at one of the district's non-traditional high schools which specialized in helping high school Seniors complete the requirements to graduate. 

In addition to this role, I am currently serving as an Adjunct Professor of Adult Education at a Career & Technical school. In this role, I am helping adult students prepare for the HiSET (High School Equivalency Test). The test was designed based on the OCTAE College and Career Readiness Standards for Adult Education

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