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Subjects Taught
Language Arts 5


Holtville High School, grades 1-12

Auburn University, Montgomery, BS in Elementary Education

Troy University, Mongtomery, Master's in Elementary Education

I have taught Fifth Grade Language Arts at Holtville Middle School since it opened in 2000.


I am a Holtville native.  My roots run deep here: my grandmother graduated from HHS and substituted here, my grandfather helped build the second gym that is in front of the football field.  Both my parents graduated from Holtville.  My brother, sister and I all graduated from here, as did our children, Brian and Lisa.   I was a P.E. aide at HES for six years before obtaining my BS degree.  I started teaching at HMS when it opened in August, 2000.  I obtained my Master's in Education in July of 2010.  I cannot see myself anywhere else other than Holtville.  I'm a bit like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, "There's no place like home."

I lived right across the road from HHS until I married Ronald Darnell, a Holtville grad as well.  We farm cotton and cattle.  We have three children. Ronnie is a special needs son who lives at home with us.  Brian helps Ronald farm and has a wife, Michelle and three daughters, Lauryn, Leah, and Lilly Beth.  Lisa is married to Jimmy Grier and they have three daughters, Jasmine, Kennedy, and Aubrey.  Jasmine and Kennedy attend Holtville High School.

I worship at Shoal Creek Baptist Church where I sing in the choir and teach the toddler class.  I love to read, especially mysteries.  We have horses and enjoy riding them as often as we can.  I never traveled much because I am not very "sea worthy," and motion sickness kept me close to home.  But in the last few years I have begun to travel. I finally decided sickness only lasts a little while, but memories last forever.  When my sister lived in New York City, I visited her three times.  I attended a workshop in Williamsburg in 2001.  In the summer of 2008 I went on my first foreign mission trip to Estonia.  I went to Nicarauga in 2014 and Los Angeles this July on mission trips as well.  In the summer of 2009 I traveled to Hawaii with a friend.  Ronald and I want to take a dream trip and visit Alaska one day.

If there are any words of wisdom I could share with you, they would be to not allow fear of the unknown to stop you from doing something you'd like to.  You will have fewer regrets if you live that way.  There's always a way to accomplish your dreams if they are in God's will:  ask God, plan, and be patient.  One favorite Scripture verse I always share is Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength."



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