I had a wonderful school education beginning with eight years in a private school in Oklahoma City. I graduated from Tuttle High School in Tuttle, Oklahoma. East Central University is the college that I have attended for my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education, Master's Degree in Counseling and Master's Degree in Public School Administration. I have hours from both OSU and OU so I am an avid fan of both.
My main education has come from my time in the classroom with students. I have taught in various schools: Tuttle Elementary, Tipton Elementary, Stratford Elementary and Konawa Elementary, even a Texas school! My thirty years in education have been 13 years as a classroom teacher, 13 years as a counselor and 4 year as an administrator.
Can you believe that I work with my spouse! I think I am suppose to be his boss, but he doesn't listen to me very well. No, seriously, he is a wonderful husband and assistant. We have been married for 42 years. We have been blessed with three sons. One is a Master Chief in the USNavy, one is a chef and was is a delivery/pickup driver. All are JD's: Joseph Don, Jeffery David and Jonathan Drew. Two are married giving us two daughters-in-law.
On the second day of school this year, our sixth grandchild was born giving us three girls and three boys. They all attend public schools, three in North Carolina and two in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Ages range from 15 years to 15 days. I think each is a precious, unique miracle. I pray for each of them to have a wonderful day at school and I believe it is my mission to guarantee your children the best learning environment we can provide.
My mother is still alive and I enjoy visiting her in the town where I graduated high school: Tuttle, Oklahoma. My dad was born in Italy to a naturalized American dad and Italian mother. I am half Italian and love all kinds of pasta. I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. I have a wealth of aunts, uncles and cousins. And we all like to eat.
Our town dog, Buttercup, died this summer. She was very smart and deeply devoted to many people. Thank you to those who helped care for her.
This summer I put the final stitches on a quilt that I was making for our newest grandchild. I am not a blue ribbon seamstress, but I enjoy making things with my hands. You might have seen my nifty pig feed bags. I made 2 for Calvin FFA and over 6 for Broken Arrow FFA. They were very popular. Hobby Lobby, Michaels and JoAnn's are my kind of craft stores. And I never go shopping without a coupon or discount. I do love to shop, but it doesn't have to be brand new, as I brake for flea markets, yard sales and auctions. I am thrifty.
My favorite place to be is in my kitchen. I get great contentment when I am kneading breading or icing cupcakes. My chicken and dumplings can compete with Cracker Barrel's. This summer my peach tree supplied me with enough peaches to make jam. It will be yummy on my cut-out biscuits. One of my grandsons says that I make the best breakfasts ever! Let me know when you want to come over for one.
I like to walk, but don't get to do it as much as I need to. Walking on a beach is one of my all time favorites and I got to do this again this past summer at Nags Head on the Outer Banks. One item on my bucket list is to do hiking along mountain trails.
I have been to hundreds of sporting events and will continue to support students in their competitions.
Yoga, ball room dancing and square dancing are activities that I have dappled in and will pursue more when I retire.