Age: 44

Occupation: Gifted program teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade at Margaret Winn Holt Elementary

Hometown: Stone Mountain

Education: Graduate of Parkview High; bachelor's degree and specialist's degree in middle grades education from Mercer University; master's degree in middle grades education from Emory University

Teaching experience: Taught in Arizona for a year before coming in 1986 to Gwinnett County Public Schools, where she has taught at Pharr, Rebecca Minor, Mountain Park, Simonton and Winn Holt elementary schools

Extracurricular involvement: Developed the "Brain Buddies" program, which helps improve higher order thinking skills in English language learners

Favorite subject in high school: History

Object that symbolizes teaching philosophy: A pencil. Through writing, she said, students can find their own voice.