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Education

2011 Gifted Certification, Samford University, Birmingham, AL

2005, Master in Teaching, City University, Bellevue, WA

2000, Massage Therapy Certification, Lane Community College, Eugeue, OR

1994, Bachelor of Science in Social Work, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

 



Experience

2006-2007 - Drama Teacher - Einstein Middle School, Shoreline, WA

2007 - Present - Gifted Teacher - Alexander City Schools



Bio

I was born and raised in Alexander City but moved out west in my 20s to explore cultures outside the south.  I graduated in the Top 10 from BRHS in 1989 and was a majorette.  I graduated from the University of Alabama with a bachelor of science in social work in 1994.  Upon graduation, I felt spiritually obligated to work with the poor and needy & worked with the Jefferson County Housing Authority as a case manager for the Family Self-Suffiency Program.  

 

After moving to Eugene, Oregon I began studying natural healing and got my massage therapy certification and aquatic fitness certification.  I was a massage therapist/water fitness instructor for 5 years.  I moved to Seattle, Washington with my soulmate, Tom Barrett.  He attended Bastyr University (world reknown center for natural health studies and research) and got his doctorate in naturopathic medicine.  

 

Before getting my teaching certificate, I taught in a preschool class at a Montessori school.  During my internships for my masters, I student taught in a PRISM (gifted) classroom of 1st & 2nd grade students & was HOOKED.  I LOVED WORKING WITH GIFTED STUDENTS!!!!!!!  After obtaining my Master in Teaching from City University in Seattle, I taught 5th grade self-contained at a magnet school, middle school dance and drama before moving back home. 

 

My father's (former Probate Judge Donald Fox) near death accident in 2005 brought me home.   My husband is a Naturopathic Physician who ownes Southeast Natural Health Center where he helps people pursue natural health and healing through nutritional/lifestyle counseling, nutritionals, homeopathy (traditional medicine in Europe) and herbal tinctures.  We have a precious 11 year old, Ava who is so excited to be in Mrs. Bell's team at Radney.  I also have a precious 5 year old son, Asher who loves Mrs. Dennis' kindergarden class at Jim Pearson.

 

I completed  my gifted certification from Samford University in 2011 and have taught gifted for 10 years.  It has been a wonderful outlet for my creativity & energy.