I am a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Martin, with a bachelors degree in English (1998 Magna Cum Laude), focusing in linguistics and grammar. I also received a Masters of Education in 2003 from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I am currently working on completing my Masters +30 in Education, focusing in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and administration. I personally believe all students have potential and can learn. I firmly believe that it is my inherent job as an educator to provide children and parents tools for success.
I enjoy teaching school, and I do not see this job as a job or career; for me teaching is a calling, part of your soul that you cannot live without. I often feel sorry for people who have jobs that they hate and dread going to. Because for me, my job is not work - teaching is fun, challenging, and probably the most important thing one can do to change the world. It is my hope and desire that, when I am long gone, the lives I've touched will continue to shape and mold our world for the better.
I currently live in Dyer, Tennessee with my husband, Dr. Mark Bruketta and his children: David and Justin. Justin is in third grade at Trenton Elementary and David is a senior here at Peabody. Mark's oldest son, Zach, is a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin and will graduate in May 2017. We have two cats, Rascal and Hammie, and one dog - a loveable black lab/catahoula mix named Buddy. Mark is employed by the Trenton Animal Clinic.
"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul." - William Ernest Henley
"Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." - Muhammad Ali
"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose." - Dr. Seuss