Saint Leo University
BA Early Childhood Education
Tell us about your family.
I have been married to my childhood sweetheart, Tommy, for 45 years. We have 2 daughters -- Kristie, married to Bobby Price, and their children, Tyler and Lindsey; and Kelly, married to Mike Domino, and their children, Joey and Jack. God has truly blessed me with such a wonderful family.
Who was an influential teacher for you, and why?
My high school English teacher, Miss Barrett, made a lasting impression on me because she always encouraged me to use my imagination and helped me enjoy writing. She never gave up on me.
What are your interests outside of school?
My favorite thing to do is spending time with my family. I also love to read!
What makes a great teacher?
I think a great teacher is someone who lets the Lord be their guide, who sees their students through His eyes and not their own, and who truly loves those students and helps them see just how much Jesus loves them and wants what is best for them.
What is a fond teaching memory?
One of my fondest memories was watching a little Kindergarten girl learning about letting the Lord help her help others. She wanted to help earn extra money to donate to our Hearts of Mercy fund to help some children in need. She set up a stand in her yard and sold water to her neighbors. She didn't even tell any one and humbly brought the money in and put it in our special jar without anyone knowing what she had done. This was a big step for a shy little girl to love Jesus so much that she allowed Him to open her heart and give her the strength to do something that was difficult for her.