I am in my 12th year of teaching. I earned a B.S. in Elementary Education from Florida State University in 2000 and immediately attained a second grade position at a public school in the local school district. I transferred to the first local charter school and taught eight years at Bay Haven Charter Academy in Panama City, Florida in 2001. During this time I earned my National Board Certification in the area of Literacy/Language Arts in grades Early and Middle childhood. After moving to Las Vegas, Nevada due to my husband’s military career, I applied at the local school district. I taught first grade at a public school for 6 ½ months and was laid off due to “last in, first out” (LIFO) policies. With the threat of job insecurity, I signed on with a local private school where I currently teach Pre – Kindergarten. I am currently enrolled in an Education leadership Master’s program with a direct focus on charter schools.