I am from little Rhody and relocated to Charlotte County in 2000 with my two sons. I began my nursing career in Rhode Island and relocated to Florida as a cardiac nurse at Charlotte Regional Medical Center. I changed my nursing career path and ended up at the Charlotte County Sheriff's office as a Health Services Administrator. Through my contact with the Edison Nursing Program Manager, I discovered my passion to teach nursing through lectures I gave on mental health in corrections. In 2007, I accepted a nursing instructor position at CTC teaching Dual Enrolled PN students. On the first day, I introduced myself and went around the room letting each and everyone tell his or her own story. By the afternoon, I learned that students are eager to learn through interaction. I was full of positive energy. I could not wait to get home to my family to talk about my first day. I found my passion. I obtained a Master's of Science in Nursing Education in December 2013. After seven years of teaching, I was promoted to nursing program manager. I am on my second academic year in my role and I am learning every day. I am a learner. My famous saying, "your brain or hands needs to be wrapped around a book or thought learning something in order for you to be credited for the day."