Hector High School 1978
Arkansas Tech University 1982
University of Arkansas in Little Rock 2004
Bachelor of Science in Education K-6
Masters Degree in Reading
Reading Recovery Training
Barton Reading and Spelling Training
Phonics First Training
I have a Masters in Reading and a Reading Specialist Degree and have been trained in ELLA, CGI, and Reading Recovery. I have also been trained in Barton Reading and Spelling, Phonics First, and in the Institute for Multi-Sensory Education. I have attended Ken Stamatis’ Lit. Lab several times. In order to keep up to date, I have attended the Arkansas Reading Conference for the past 15 years.
I have been teaching at Hector Elementary School for the past 25 years. The first year I worked as a sub, then I was hired in 1992 to teach fifth grade. I have also taught third grade, second grade, Reading Recovery, and Title 1 Reading. I am a Reading Specialist and am currently a dyslexia interventionist. The programs being used are Barton Reading and Spelling and Phonics First.
After graduating from Arkansas Tech in 1982, I worked as a dental assistant for several years. After my twins were born, I stayed home to care for them until they started school. I was an art teacher and a kindergarten aide at St. John’s Catholic School in Russellville before teaching at Hector.
I live in Dover and have been married for the past twenty years to my husband, Carl. I have twin daughters, Susie Virden and Katie Dunn. They graduated from Hector High School in 2004. They are both registered nurses. Katie lives with her husband, Jordan, in Conway, and she works on the heart floor at Conway Regional. Susie lives with her husband, Josh, in Dover, and works at the Cancer Center in Russellville and Conway. We have a couple of dogs, Simba and Joey. Simba will jump back and forth through a hula hoop for a piece of cheese, but Joey just sits and watches. Joey is afraid of his own shadow! My Mom is 85 and still as spunky as ever. She is a great cook and bakes the best apple pie in the world!
I absolutely love to travel! Visiting new places and meeting people from different cultures is very exciting to me! A few of my favorite trips have been to Italy, England, Ireland, and Scotland. Magic Kingdom is another favorite place of mine. I’ve been there many times and love how happy it makes you feel! One thing you may not know about me is my love of Elvis! I am a huge fan! I have lost count of how many times I’ve been to Graceland. I have seen all of his movies and have most of the songs he recorded.