FACS/Career Guidance Teacher
I am a Scrapper and was educated in Nashville schools. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Home Economics from the University of Arkansas in 1982. After raising my four children, I went back to school and earned a Masters of Science degree in Family & Consumer Sciences from the University of Central Arkansas in 2009. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher. My certification area is in Career and Technical Education for young adults/adolescences.
Bachelor of Science in Home Economics
Masters of Science in Family & Consumer Sciences
National Board Certified Teacher
WISE Financial Literacy Training
Real Estate/Insurance Training
This is my 17th year to teach. My first four years, I taught at Saratoga High School. This year marks my 13th year at Nashville High School. I encourage students to take my Financial Literacy class. They must understand the importance of making sound financial decisions, investing/saving money and the dangers of debt. Good budgeting skills learned at this young age, become habits when they are adults. Another class that I teach is Keystone, which is a course designed for tenth graders. We use the book, "7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" to prompt great discussions on skills that teens need now to make better choices and be the most prepared for their adult lives. We also discuss life after high school, take aptitude tests, and explore colleges and careers. Family Dynamics and Human Relations are the two other classes I teach. Both focus on our individual selves and our individual families. Having a wonderful self-esteem; understanding and respecting others that may have different cultures and/or lifestyles; and being part of a safe, secure, loving family can all contribute to a successful life. I love my job and love being with high school kids. They keep me on my toes, which makes each school year very exciting.
I have taught evening classes at CCCUA for over nine years. Many of my students went straight into the workforce after high school, and several years later they are back in the CCCUA classroom gaining skills to secure better jobs and careers. But this time around, they have worked all day, have children, chores and bills to tend to. These students reinforced the importance of learning to make good decisions and choices at the high school level. My daily prayers include guidance to help students succeed.
I live in Nashville and am married to my high school sweetheart, Gene Stinson. We have four children - Josh Stinson, Hannah Stinson Topor, Austin Mote and Sarah Mote Chesshir. I now understand the joy of being a grandmother (Gigi), and love being with my grandchildren - Wyatt, Knox, and Bella. Our fourth will be born in March 2015. Three of my children are married, and our last single child, Austin, is engaged and will marry on April 25, 2015. When we are not with our children and grandchildren, my husband and I enjoy working in our yard and flower gardens, traveling, fishing and poking around in thrift and secondhand stores.
My hobbies include working in my flower and vegetable gardens, reading and having fun with my family/grandchildren. My husband and I like to fish, go out to eat, and take short overnight trips every few weeks, to explore and poke around in thrift and secondhand stores. We like to find things that we can bring home and repurpose into something new or different.