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Principal,
The Villages Charter Middle School

Q. How did you get into the education field?
A. I loved my first-grade teacher - Mrs. Lind from Ashland,
Kentucky. She taught me how to read. I thought she was
really cool and from then on, I wanted to be a teacher.
Q. Tell me about your career.
A. I've been an educator for 35 years. I majored in library
science and Spanish. When computers came about, I dabbled in that. I taught keyboarding and became a computer
repair person for the county. I did a lot of training for teachers on how to use the computer and different programs.
This was way back before things got really sophisticated.
I started my career in Ohio and then spent 15 years in
Charleston, West Virginia, before moving to Florida.
Q. What does a typical day look like for you?
A. When the bell rings for first period, I do morning
announcements, then I walk the halls. I may go into
some classrooms or faculty meetings. I answer emails and
address concerns - lots of communication. I have to be
very flexible with my day because I never know what will
come up.
Q. What village do you live in and what do you do when
you're not at school?
A. We're in the Village El Cortez. My husband and I love to
play golf. We also like to dance. We recently went to Katie
Belle's to hear Rocky & the Rollers. We had a wonderful
time. We go out to the movies. It's funny - we very rarely
leave The Villages. Everything is here - my job, shopping
and entertainment.

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Q. Has being a Villager helped you professionally in
any way?
A. Although I am not a part of a lot of clubs, my husband
is a member of the Orange Blossom Gardens Lions Club and
he was able to call upon them when we needed additional
science fair judges. They stepped up for us. He is also a
retired educator, and so he's involved with those kinds of
clubs as well.
Q. Do you have any plans to retire?
A. While my husband is retired, I don't have any immediate
plans to stop working. Here's what he told me, 'As long as
you have your health and you enjoy what you're doing,
continue to do it.' That's my plan. We have a good staff and
a good faculty, a very supportive community. It's a great
place to work.



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