My God-given talent is that of a peacemaker, so counseling is natural for me. With a strong work ethic, an outgoing personality, and much enthusiasm I love the fields of education and counseling. With 42 years of experience as an educator in various capacities, I have served as a school counselor and counselor educator with twenty-four years of experience in the field of counseling. I have been privileged to serve as a counselor educator at Evangel University since 2007, teaching graduate courses for the Counseling Department. Prior to teaching at Evangel, I taught graduate courses at Missouri State University in the Counseling Department for thirteen years. I became a Licensed Professional Counselor in 2000, and began a sole-proprietor counseling service called Professional Counseling Services of Springfield, LLC in 2012. In the public school arena, I served as a school counselor at Central High School (CHS), Springfield, MO. During my years at Central High, accomplishments/professional privileges included: ESOL Counselor at Central at Central High (due to Spanish-speaking ability); premier planner of the Freshman Leadership Academy at Central High School; school counselor responsible for the CHS duties of building the Middle Years Scholars Program from its inception; contributor to the planning and initiation of the Students Together Achieving Results (STAR) program at Central High for at-risk 9th graders; counselor responsible for senior class coordination; Night of Honors chairperson; Cox College Advisory Board; and numerous committee assignments while carrying a substantial student case load. Professional memberships include American School Counselor Association (ASCA), Missouri School Counseling Association (MSCA), Southwest Missouri School Counseling Association (SMSCA), and the National Education Association (NEA). In my choice time when I am not teaching, I love being with family. My husband and I enjoy camping, fishing, and time with our five children (and their spouses) and our nine grandchildren. We see each day as a special gift from our heavenly father. Included in our family is one very spoiled Chihuahua. I also love to quilt, sew, and bake.