Q. What encouraged you to pursue a career in the education system?

A. My High School Counselor. He focused on the top 10 students in the class, leaving the rest of us to figure it out on our own. I wanted to make sure that all students have the ability to pursue their dreams, not just a few.

Q. What is your favorite part of your job?

A. Talking with the students about what their plans are for the future. When they talk about their future, you see their faces light up because they have found what they want to do to contribute to society.

Q. What drives your passion to work with students each day?

A. Seeing the success that the students achieve no matter how big or small.

Q. What is a lesson you have learned from your time in the education system?

A. Taking care of myself is very important. Sometimes, even with all of the support, encouragement and understanding, there are some students that you just can’t reach.

Q. What advice would you give to upcoming staff/faculty members?

A. Don’t lose your passion for your job, even when it seems that you have hit a brick wall. Keep going and never give up.

Q. What are three words that would describe your life outside of the school? (Hobbies, interests, etc.)

A. Chip, Dale and Bella (those are my fur babies).

Q. What is a favorite memory from your career?

A. There are so many. I think my favorite type of memory is when a student has worked very hard at being successful and graduating. Then having them return to the high school to thank everyone for helping them while they were in high school. Actually realizing that how much you impacted the student when they were in high school is what feeds my soul.

Q. What advice would you give to parents of the grades you work around?

A. Have access to Gradespeed and seek out help from the school. Ask questions about what is going on in their lives. We are all on the same team for their child.

Q. Are there any changes you would like to see implemented in the school system within the next five years?

A. Continued collaboration between the Onslow County Schools, other opportunities and Lejeune High School.

Q. What are the biggest challenges you face as a staff member in a military town?

A. I am the one that is in the minority. I really don’t know personally how these families deal with transitions and deployments. I have to be supportive.

Q. Is there anything else you’d like to share about working in the education system?

A. I am really fortunate to be able to work in the educational system aboard Camp Lejeune with a great group of people, great students, supportive families and a wonderful supervisor.