Degrees and Certifications:
BS Mathematics, Southern Mississippi MA Mathematics Education, UAB EdS Mathematics Education, UAB National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) Certificate for Math ACT Instructional Mastery
I have been teaching for many years, and every year I just want to be better than the year before. We have such an amazing classroom and I am so thankful that our community has built this beautiful facility! I am from Hartselle originally and love this community. I graduated valedictorian in 1981 from the first graduating class of Hartselle High School. (It was formerly Morgan County High School.) I graduated with Highest Honors from the University of Southern Mississippi, with a BS in Mathematics and Secondary Education. I played fastpitch softball on scholarship there and was inducted into the Dixie Softball Hall of Fame in 1999. I received a Master's (MA) degree and Educational Specialist degree (EdS) from UAB, both in Mathematics Education. I am chairperson of the math department, the faculty advisor for HHS Mu Alpha Theta (math honor society), and the head softball coach at Hartselle Junior High School. I recently earned a National Certificate for STEM Teaching (NCST) and an Instructional Mastery Certificate from ACT for Mathematics. I am married to Guy Battles and we have three children and two bonus children: Noah (Elsa), Seth, and Sarah Ellen (Lane). And, October 28, 2022 I became a "Nonna" to my sweet Nathaniel James. I also have the special joy of having my daughter, Sarah Ellen (Mrs. Anders), work along side me as a math teacher at HHS. I am so blessed!