In the Fall of 2000, I became the Health and Physical Education teacher for Basehor-Linwood High School and Basehor-Linwood Virtual School. I have also coached the Bobcat Varsity Softball team since 1998. Prior to coaching at BLHS, I coached for ten years at both Shawnee Mission East High School (softball) and Shawnee Mission Northwest High School (volleyball). During this ten year span, I worked full-time at Trans World Airlines (TWA) in the Accounts Payable Department. While working for TWA, I took advantage of the company's flying privileges. I have traveled to several states in America, including Hawaii. I have also taken vacations to several other countries, which include Greece, France, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Holland, and England.
I graduated from Basehor High School in 1982 (before we consolidated with Linwood High School), and in 1987 received my Bachelor's Degree in Education from Pittsburg State University, where I played varsity volleyball and softball for four years. I completed my master's degree in the Arts of Teaching from the University of Saint Mary in 2010.
In my spare time I enjoy running, cycling, swimming, and running trails, which are located at various lakes and parks in Kansas and Missouri. I also enjoy playing with my dog, Scooby, hiking, camping, fishing, and spending time alone relaxing. In the summer of 2008, I taught myself how to swim so that I could compete in individual sprint triathlons. I love watching sports of any kind, and I am an avid Kansas Jayhawk fan! Once I started my coaching career at BLHS, I began supporting Kansas State University because several Bobcat Softball players and BLHS students have gone onto complete his/her college degree at K-State. If you are from Kansas, I am confident that you can relate to the rivalry between these two universities.
On July 25, 2012, our Bobcats Softball family lost our role model, mentor, and dear friend, Mary Nutter. Coach Nutter helped to guide and mold us into the people, coaches, and players that we are today. Her legacy will continue to live in the thousands of people that she touched through the relationships she cultivated through the game of softball. This is what we hope to pass along to every girl who plays for the Bobcats. To mentor, lead, and inspire young women to live out her dreams.
We also lost my mother, Joyce ("Mama Mayberry"), suddenly on April 8, 2013. My mother nurtured and cheered for every player, manager, or coach affiliated with our softball program. She was our everything. Most of all she was my mom. Our team misses her dearly.
I have a bucket list of adventurous activities that I would like to accomplish in the years to come. Some of those activities include: working towards a doctorate degree, skydiving, bungee jumping, running a marathon, writing a book, developing a non-traditional fitness curriculum, scuba diving, and taking part in a mission trip. I am very thankful for my parents and for my sister, Traci.
All in all, my life has been full of many incredible blessings and experiences.