I was born in High Point, NC and moved to Raleigh with my family when I was 2 years old. I grew up and went to elementary school in the historic Oberlin Village section of Raleigh. I am still an active member of Wilson Temple United Methodist Church.
Every night before bed, my brother and I sat before a makeshift altar and listened while our grandmother prayed and read from the Bible. When we started attending Sunday school, it was a joy; we got lesson cards with stories of Jesus and pictures that we could take home and read over and over again. Not only did we learn about Jesus, our teachers taught us discipline, respect and reverence to the Lord.
It seems that my family always was “helping” others in spite of not having much. My mom was a social worker in Wake County for over 30 years. There were so many times that I saw her doing more for clients than was part of her required duties, especially for our neighbors and friends. Even my grandmother would offer food and lodging to people who needed a hand-up in order to get ahead.
These role models helped me in my career as an elementary teacher to not only teach and nurture the young, but to model the Christ-like ways that I have learned in my faith walk. Though I am retired from teaching, I keep busy – Loaves and Fishes, church VBS musician, lead worship musician for Joy of Discovery Lutheran church, summer Bible program at White Memorial Presbyterian Church, Interact, and others.
The joy in my life is doing what I can to make a difference in someone’s life.