I taught 3rd grade for 17 years before becoming a behavior interventionist at a middle school. I graduated from Furman University in 2000 with a B.A. in Elementary Education. I earned my M.A. in Behavior Analysis from Furman in 2001. Most recently, I graduated from Furman in 2017 with an Ed.S. degree in School Leadership. I encourage students to challenge the status quo, find their passion, and never be afraid to be themselves. Living my life that way is the first step towards being a positive role model. I make it no secret that I became an educator because I was not a big fan of school as a child. It wasn’t the work or the routine I disliked, but rather the way I felt. I dealt with anxiety, OCD, and ADHD. On top of that; being a perfectionist caused me to turn inwards, hide my emotions, and force my way through the struggle by myself. I simply didn’t want to admit I needed help. I often felt misunderstood, alone, and different from everyone else. My experience has not only motivated me to help students, but it has also provided me with a complete awareness of the skills necessary for coping. Sometimes we go through things in life in order to prepare us for the calling we receive to help others.