"One never reaches so high as when he stoops to help another"
Paraphrased by Mama Annie
The links below will help guide you through my personal page.
My life was launched in the mountains of West
Virginia but moved to the piedmont area of North Carolina at a very
early age. It was there that I received my formative education and
zest for life. My small town was a close knit community where no one
said it takes a whole village to raise a child, but everyone seemed
to live it. Raising children was everyone’s responsibility and the
entire town participated in it. You were never out of range of
someone who knew you since every one in town knew everyone else.
This served to keep you on the straight and narrow since there were
no strangers in town.
Even though I was raised in a single parent
household, I was blessed to have three female adult role models in
the home, my grandmother, (Mama Annie), my aunt, (Mama Ella), and my
mother (Mama). They were giants in my life. Giants are those
individuals that help pick you up and allow you to stand on their
shoulders in order to get a better view. My life centered around
church, school, and community. They were all connected. One cannot
get into trouble when one's mind is occupied by positive forces.
These institutions introduced me to other giants that have helped me
succeed in life. I am very grateful for this experience.
My marriage has lasted for approximately 39 years.
We are the proud parents of two children.
My grandmother was the matriarch of this house.
It has been renovated and enlarged over the years
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Mama Annie
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Mama Ella
This portfolio is lovingly dedicated to these giants
<![if !vml]><![endif]>Mrs. Holland’s Kindergarten
Two years of my life were spent
here since my birthday came too
late for me to start 1st grade with
Attended Grades 1 – 8
Attended Grades 9 - 12
<![if !vml]><![endif]>C. W. Post College
I have also studied at Yeshiva
My life has been greatly influenced by my
church experience. The following pictures are a few of the
churches I attended simultaneously while growing up.
I joined this church when I was 9 years old.
Historical church that hosted children parties and other social
The oldest church
building in town.
Vacation Bible School and other educational activities
The St. John's
experience has greatly enhanced my growth as an individual, an
involved community person, an educator, and a human being.
Education: An Endless Challenge.