I am originally from Monroe, Louisiana but I grew up moving. I have lived in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, South Carolina, Illinois, and Iowa, where I graduated from Camanche High School. I returned to Louisiana to attend ULM.
At ULM I received scholarships to study abroad, the CODOFIL scholarship to France and Sigma Delta Pi scholarship to Spain. On my own, I have traveled and studied in Mexico.
I have been teaching languages since 1995. I am a member of the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages(ACTFL), FLTeach, and the Alabama Foreign Language Teachers Association(AFLTA). I have taught all students from preschoolers to college students in my career.
I am happily married to Evan Manderson, who teaches elementary school at Lakewood. We have two very precious and rambunctious boys, Beau Carter and Cooper Frost.