I graduated from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Classical Studies in 1991 and from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Elementary Education in 1995. I began teaching in 1995 at Clyde Elementary. I teach 3rd grade, but I have taught 2nd and 5th grades. I am married to Jon Serenius, a 5th-grade teacher at Jonathan Valley Elementary, and we have three children: Anna is 17 years old and attends the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in Durham; Thomas is 13 years old and is a 7th grader at Waynesville Middle School; and Max is six years old and is a kindergartener. Some of my favorite things to do in my free time include drinking good coffee at a local coffee shop with my husband, Jon, on the weekends; going to the movies with my oldest son, Thomas; talking on the phone with my daughter, Anna; and playing Candy Land with my youngest son, Max.