Phone: (859) 381-3079
I am humbled and beyond excited to be the principal at Stonewall Elementary (effective January 2024). For 10 years, I’ve had the immense privilege of serving as a teacher, coach, and assistant principal. All of the different hats that I’ve worn during this time have prepared me for what I am certain will be my favorite “hat” of all. I am originally from Dayton, Ohio, and a proud product of great public schools. It was because of my parents’ sacrifices and commitment to a quality education that I fell in love with learning and the opportunities school provided me at a young age. I am dedicated to creating those same opportunities for all of our Stonewall students.
I grew up a huge UK fan because my dad was born and raised in Kentucky. I moved to Lexington initially to attend the University of Kentucky as an undergraduate student, where I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. I fell in love with the city of Lexington and decided to make this my new home. I was hired at Dixie Magnet Elementary after graduation and taught 2nd grade there for three years. In 2014, I transferred to Stonewall as a 3rd grade teacher. During this time, I completed my master's from UK in Literacy and completed my certification to be a K-12 Literacy Specialist in 2015. In 2018, I completed my Ed.S. degree in Educational Leadership from UK as part of the Next Gen Leadership Academy, and received my Principal Certification. I served as the MTSS coach at Stonewall in 2018, and then accepted the PGE coach/assistant principal position in 2019. I served in that role for five years and developed a true passion for educational leadership.
I believe there truly is no school like Stonewall, and our students’ and families’ dedication and unwavering involvement is what make our school uniquely special. As principal, I commit to working with all stakeholders to ensure our environment prioritizes the learning of all students, and I commit to maintaining and establishing a culture focused on three essential areas:
- Culture of Community
- Culture of Excellence
- Culture of Growth
These three pillars encompass my vision for Stonewall’s next chapter, in which we focus on educating the whole child with rigorous deeper learning experiences that create equitable access and opportunities to ensure all students achieve at high levels. I believe that by design, education can provide our children with a world of opportunities if we design it to prioritize equity, student agency, deeper learning, and family and community relationships. I have such a bright vision for Stonewall’s future because I know that our students and families are in the best of hands with our Stonewall staff, and that we can ensure all students achieve great things if we work together.
When I’m not working or spending time at Stonewall, I love spending time with my family. My husband, Nick, is also an educator and coaches soccer. We have two sons -- Henry and Lincoln. I am an avid reader, dedicated UK and Bengals fan, and love to be outdoors!