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   My early school years were spent in Wetumpka then began attending school in Alexander City in 1970 when my family moved here. I dropped out of school in the late 70s but earned my GED. I began attending Central Alabama Community College which was then called Alexander City Junior College until I transferred to Auburn at Montgomery. Presently, I hold a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education(1991) ,Masters of Science in Elementary Education(1995), Middle School Science and Mathematics(2007)certificate, Educational Leadership/Administration(2009) all from Auburn University Montgomery and a Master of Library Media Specialist(2016) from Alabama State University.  I am also a Highly Qualified Teacher, AMSTI math certified and ARI trained.


     I began my teaching career in the Alexander City School System in 1991.  While employed I have taught at Nathaniel H. Stephens Elementary School, William L. Radney Elementary School and Benjamin Russell High School. During my career I have also served in different capacities on numerous committees at the local and state level, Department Chair, Yearbook and Literary Magazine Sponsor, Mentor teacher and Supervising Teacher for Interns.  

    I began at William L. Radney as the At-Risk teacher and was responsible for teaching all subjects to 5th-7th grade students assigned to the unit. Then I moved into a 6th grade position where I taught Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. After 14 years, I transferred to a 4th grade position at Nathaniel H. Stephens where I taught Mathematics, Science and Social Studies too. From Stephens, I transferred to Benjamin Russell High School to teach Graduation Exam prep classes for Juniors and Seniors which was required for graduation.  Later I moved to the Alternative School as the Lead Teacher then to the Media Center to serve as one of the Media Specialist.

In 2011 I transferred back to Nathaniel H. Stephens to take the Media Specialist position which I currently still hold. 



  I was born in Sylacauga but lived in Wetumpka until moving to Alexander City with my family. I have been married 36 years to Jimmy O'Neil and have 3 great children. We have been blessed with 7 grandkids: Valerie, Hayden, Lathan, Gavin, Kadence, Wesley and Kenley. 

 I enjoy reading, refinishing/repurposing old furniture, traveling and visiting unique historic cemeteries and churches as well as the great outdoors.   

Teaching is a calling rather than a chosen career as I entered college with the intent to become a veterinarian but that was not the path that was created for me. Answering this call is why I became a teacher.



"Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are."

Mother Teresa