I am a native of South Carolina. I was born and raised in the state's capitol, Columbia. I earned my B.A. in English from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC, in 1991, and my M.Ed. from Southern Wesleyan University in Central, SC, in 2007. I have been teaching English for 23 years--17 in SC and 6 in Texas!I have four children and six grandchildren, three dogs, and two cats. My youngest son is currently serving with AmeriCorps in South Carolina, my youngest daughter is a junior at Baylor University, and my two grown step-children live in SC with their families. We attend Eagle's View Church in Saginaw. I love to HIKE read, travel, bake, make quilts and refinish old furniture.