I have been in education for 27 years. I began my career as a kindergarten teacher at North Forrest Elementary School. During my 4 years there, I completed my Master's degree in School Counseling at the University of Southern Mississippi.
I worked for three years as the high school counselor at Collins High School in Collins, MS, before coming to Petal. I was initially hired as the freshman/sophomore counselor as well as the vocational counselor. I have worked as special populations coordinator as well. For the past 15 years I have worked as the junior/senior counselor as well as the School Test Coordinator. Recently, I completed my administration certification. I am a certified National Crisis Responder and Trainer for the National Organization for Victim's Assistance (NOVA).
I was honored to serve as a crisis responder to New York City following the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001.
I am married to Kirk Tisdale. I have 2 children - Brianna, a graduate of Petal High School and Mississippi State University, and Trey, a 12th grader at Petal High School. We live in the country on a farm. I enjoy going to football and baseball games (and watching my son play). I am a member of Petal Harvey Baptist Church where I work with the college department and sing in the praise team and the choir.