August begins my twenty-third year teaching in the public school arena. Hard to believe, but this is my eighth year at Camp Ernst Middle, having also taught at Ockerman Middle, Newport Junior High, and Fourth Street Elementary in Newport. I've been married to the same guy for 20 years, and have two awesome kids, Rebecca and Connor. Rebecca is a sophomore at Morehead State University on the Commonwealth Scholarship and Post 9/11 GI Bill. Having served on active duty in the Ohio National Guard and overseas on two major deployments, my husband was able to transfer his GI Bill over to our daughter which is quite a blessing. My son, Connor, is currently a freshman at Cooper High School. His loves are fishing and hunting. He also wrestles and plays football for Cooper. Even though retirement is approaching, I will continue learning as much as I can to improve my craft, and undoubtedly love and appreciate my final years with terrific Boone County kids.