Head of School
I grew up as part of a large family in Dallas. I always wanted to be a teacher and my three younger sisters were my first students. I have always enjoyed reading and some of my favorite memories from childhood include going to the library, checking out stacks of books, and then staying up reading late at night.
I received a Bachelors degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from East Texas State University in 1994 along with my certification to teach grades 1-8 with a specialization in reading. I taught third and fourth grade for several years in the public school system. In 2000, I received a Masters Degree in Education Administration from Texas A&M University - Commerce, and I was an assistant principal for several years until I left the public school system to be a full-time mom to our oldest son.
I've been married to my college sweetheart, Shane, for 21 years and we have four children who all attend Providence. We enjoy spending time together as a family and we are very blessed to have both of our extended families nearby. Shane and I serve in re|engage which is part of the marriage ministry at our church. Proverbs 3:5-6 is a guiding verse for my life: "Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight."
Our family has been so blessed by Providence Academy and I am grateful to be part of the PA staff.
Director of Academics/1st, 2nd, 3rd Grade Language Arts
I grew up as the eldest of two girls and had the privilege of using my sister and her friends as my first students at the ripe old age of 8! My parents encouraged me to be a leader and raised me in the admonition of the Lord. I knew God had called me to teach my entire life and couldn’t wait to use those gifts upon graduation from college.
I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Education (specializing in Early Childhood) in 1999 from Baylor University. Immediately following graduation, I began teaching kindergarten for the Mesquite and Rockwall Independent School Districts. In 2006, I completed a Master’s Degree in Education specializing in Reading from Texas A&M-Commerce.
I am married to a wonderful man of God, Zachary, with whom we have three beautiful girls, Audrey, Katherine, and Caroline. Our lives consist of family outings, game and movie nights, and attending Northplace Church. My hobbies include cooking, reading, and worshipping the Lord in song!
Upon starting a family, my views about education changed and, more importantly, it got me thinking about whom I want speaking into my girls’ lives. Because of my passion for education and youth, I was prompted to explore other options for schooling. After experiencing both traditional schooling and homeschooling, I saw a strong need in the Lake Ray Hubbard area for education that encompassed both of these. The University Model School gave me an excitement in knowing that my children can be with me the majority of time and receive a top-notch education with their peers. Thus, Providence Academy was called into existence by God in 2009 with one kindergarten class comprised of five students. A wise friend told me not to despite small beginnings!
I stand upon God’s Word for direction and wisdom in my life and cling to the scripture in Jeremiah 29:11-14. "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity."