My twin sister and I were born 3 months early. We were 2 lbs and 2 lbs and 5 ounces. My mother was told we might not live, and if we did, we would have disabilities. Because of this, Sister Alwinia, a nurse at St. Anthony’s, baptized us when we were born. With the exception of being diagnosed with fluid on the brain, which was corrected with a shunt and, by the grace of God, we were small but fine. I remember going to doctor’s appointments to check on my shunt and seeing other children who had the disabilities my mother was warned we would have. I grew up with this immense thankfulness for my good health. I think that is what lead me to a career in Special Education.
I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education from Spalding University, which is where I met my husband. Although I was baptized, I did not grow up Catholic, but my husband did. After we were married, I began RCIA and was confirmed by Father Mark (now Archbishop of Nashville!) at Immaculate Conception. I had continued the spiritual journey I started when I was a baby. After receiving my Special Education degree from University of Louisville, I taught in the public school for many years. Several years ago, I felt the calling to work in the Catholic Schools, which I think was another step in my spiritual journey. I substituted in the Catholic schools for several months before I was offered the Learning Coordinator position here at St. Aloysius. I feel extremely blessed to be here. It is an honor and privilege to teach in this setting everyday.
I have two beautiful daughters who are 16 and 18. My 16 year old is very into theater. My 18 year old has been accepted to Bellarmine University where she will pursue a degree in physical therapy. Go Knights!!