1st Grade Teacher
I am a 2003 graduate of Battiest High School. After high school, I attended Carl Albert State College and graduated from there in 2005. I completed my education at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, where I graduated in 2011.
I received an Associates degree in education from Carl Albert State College, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Education from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. I hold a teaching certificate in the field of elementary education. I am certified to teach first-eighth grade.
I have attended various early childhood workshops since the beginning of my career. I have received training in "The Phonics Dance," a program that I use in my classroom to teach letter sounds and blends. I have also attended that National Model Schools Convention in Washington, DC.
When I was hired to teach first grade at Bennington Elementary in August 2012, it was my first teaching position. I am now beginning my fourth year teaching first grade and I absolutely love it! For the past two summers, I have also taught first grade for the Choctaw Nation Summer School Program.
Before I began teaching, I worked as a child welfare specialist for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. During that time, I was able to work with children and families. I feel that I gained valuable experience that is still beneficial to me in my career as a teacher. In college, I worked at a family-owned store and was a substitute teacher for elementary and high school.
I am originally from McCurtain County. I married Josh Mussett in December 2006 and we moved to Bennington in August 2009. We have a fantastic son named Caden who is a second grader at Bennington Elementary. We share our home with Gizmo (a guinea pig); Firetail (a fish); and Flyer, Longneck, Bernice, Sunshine, and Oreo (backyard chickens).
I have wanted to be a teacher since I was about five years old, so I consider school work to be one of my hobbies. I love looking for new ideas for my classroom, so I spend a lot of nights searching Pinterest. I also have a side business in photography. I love any kind of decorating, cooking, and organizing.