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I grew up on a gravel road in the Eureka Community near Pope, Courtland, and Batesville, MS.

I attended elementary and middle school at Pope, MS.  I then finished high school at South Panola High School in Batesville, MS.  I went to, what was then called, Northwest Junior College and received my Associates Degree.   I received my Bachelor's of Science Degree in Education from Delta State University.  Our mascot was called The Statesmen back then...not the Fighting Okra!! 

My first teaching position was 6th grade Reading in Helena, Arkansas.  I taught there for two years.

I then married David Brown, moved to Greenville, MS, and taught for four years at a small, rural school called Ross Van Ness in Eudora, Arkansas.  I had to drive every day across the Mississippi River Bridge to get to and from work.  I did not enjoy the bridge, but loved the school where I taught 4th grade.

That wonderful school closed, and I was able to teach 5th grade at Riverside Elementary at Avon, MS, the next year.

David changed jobs the following year.  That took us to Monroe, LA.  I taught 6th grade at Clara Hall Elementary.  I was the ninth teacher expecting a baby that school year.  Our first son was born on April 28, 1987.  After that year I became a stay-at-home-mom.  I thought I would never be in a classroom again.

Our second son was born five and a half years later in October of 1992 while we were living in Columbus, MS.  After three years we moved to Morton, MS.  In 2001 I became the Librarian at Lake Elementary School.  This is my 16th year to serve in that position.  I love being LES' Librarian;  I love reading books to the students. I know I have shared not only my formal educational experience, but I have shared where I have taught.  You learn so much more being in the classroom with your students, than you ever learned being in the college classroom!!