Her extensive work with children started when she was the directory of a Youth Services Program at Mercer University. In 1989, she began her career as an educator. Over the years, she has taught in elementary grades, in middle grades, in a high school in-school suspension program, and in college. She was named Teacher of the Year for her county in 2000. For the last five years prior to her retirement, she served as an Instructional Coach helping her school system implement Guided Math.