After graduating from nursing school in 1976 and then spending a year at the Medical University of South Carolina as a Registered Nurse, I earned my commission in the United States Air Force and moved to Colorado Springs. After leaving the Air Force and moving to Taylorsville, North Carolina, I practiced nursing until 1981 when I became a Health Occupations teacher at Alexander Central High School.
Nine years later I accepted a position as a State Consultant with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and moved to Raleigh.
In 2002 I became an entrepreneur, working under contract as the Assistant Director of National HOSA and with other clients. In 2005 we moved to Orlando, Florida, where I continue to operate my business, providing instructional design services, writing books, and developing workshops and training.
I have a Diploma in Nursing, a BA in Psychology from Lenoir-Rhyne College, and a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State University.
I am married to Steve Smith, a Social Studies teacher for 40 years and the best "Learning Games" tester ever! We have two daughters, Leslie and Mallory, who give us good advice about leadership, law, financial management and technology.