I was raised in a family with six kids. I was the first girl after four boys. My first chosen name was Richard. Sitting at a dinner table of eight was like having a party, everyone talking and laughing over a wonderful meal. I had a great family and a very memorable childhood.
Growing up in church was a part of my life. I knew Bible stories and “Jesus Loves Me.” My family went to extended church every Sunday - Sunday school followed by the church service. As an adult, even though I attended church and volunteered my time every Sunday, I did not have a true relationship with God. I believed in Him but He was not an important part of my life until I came to Coastal. After a few years with Coastal, I was baptized, attended all the Core classes, and my final dream has come true. I am now committed to God, loving my relationship with Him, and I am working for Him in His House.
I have been employed with the Virginia Beach School System and working in elementary schools for over 25 years. It is so very rewarding to be a special part of so many children’s lives and knowing I can make a difference in their future.
I have four incredible sons and four beautiful grandchildren. I live eight blocks from the Atlantic Ocean and take advantage of it often – only a brisk walk or bike ride away.
I am a very blessed woman and I thank God every day.