I can still remember citing these words at my graduation: “I believe that this is a practical world and that I can count only on what I earn. Therefore, I believe in work, hard work.

I believe in education, which gives me the knowledge to work wisely and trains my mind and my hands to work skillfully.” While the entire creed is so powerful, those two sentences hold a special place in my heart. Using my love for education, I’ve worked hard to ensure that I’m doing my part as an Auburn woman to change the landscape of learning for our youth.

My history in the education arena began many years ago as I was teaching my dolls long before I officially became a teacher. I was born in Asheville, North Carolina and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. After receiving my Bachelor’s in Elementary Education from Auburn, I then continued to further my education from 2009-2010 where I received a Masters in Elementary Education. While in graduate school I was so blessed to study abroad in Arusha, Tanzania. While in Africa, I had the pleasure of teaching third and fourth graders.

After graduation, I taught Pre-K in LaGrange, Georgia at Unity Elementary School. I then relocated back to Auburn, Alabama where I taught second grade at Dean Road Elementary School for two years.

I eventually returned to my roots in North Carolina where I taught first grade for four years at Shamrock Gardens Elementary School in Charlotte. In 2016 I was nominated by my school as Teacher of the Year, which led me to be the 2016 Charlotte North Rotary Club Teacher of the Year winner.

As my passion for teaching continued to increase, I kept remembering the line from the creed, “I believe in work, hard work.” With that in mind I set out to take my purpose for teaching a step further. I recently opened Alabama’s First All Organic and Natural Daycare in Alabaster, Ala.

John 15:5 states that “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in Him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” At Vinehouse Nursery that is my exact goal for all of our children. I am a firm believer that all children can learn and that education first starts when a child is in a mother’s womb. When a parent and a caregiver can provide and educate a child together, that child’s future will start off as a “tiny seed and blossom into a beautiful flower.” By focusing on a high, quality child care center, a nurturing culture, and a safe and eco-friendly environment, I am here to make sure every child receives the best education from birth to 12 months. I am excited to begin planting smiles, growing giggles, and harvesting love at Vinehouse Nursery. Let’s start digging!