I grew up locally in Fayette and attended the University of Missouri, where I received a BA in English Literature (minor: Black Studies). After working for several years in Nashville, I moved to Chicago where I attended the University of Illinois at Chicago. At UIC, I received two degrees - MA in American History and a MEd in Instructional Leadership-Social Studies. From 2005-2013, I taught in Chicago Public Schools on the southside of the city, where I taught English, social studies, & AVID courses. During my time in Chicago, I coached several sports (football & track) and started a boys lacrosse team. In 2012, I received National Board Certification in social studies.
I've been at Battle since 2014 and have taught US History, AP US History, AVID 11 & 12, African American Studies & Dual Credit African American Studies. I'm currently pursuing my PhD in social studies education at the University of Missouri. For the 2020-21 school year, I am at BHS part-time.