I am a singer, educator, wife, and mom of four children. My childhood years were spent in Louisville, KY and North Carolina. After attaining a bachelor of science degree in Music Education, I completed an MFA in Dramatics and Speech Communication. In 2002, my education experience began with teaching college classes while receiving my MFA. I then accepted a position as the Performing Arts Director at a Christian school in Nashville, TN where I taught music, drama, speech and choir. Shortly after beginning my teaching career, I married the love of my life, Kyle Wells. We enjoyed living in Music City, but eventually moved to Lexington, KY where we achieved two dreams: Kyle became a Chick-fil-A Owner/Operator and we began our family. My husband and I worked together in those early years. I became his Marketing Director and the baby and I spent many hours in the back office of our new Chick-fil-A. Even though my heart was to be a mom, God had plans for me to return to the classroom…. just in a very different way.
My paths crossed with a woman named Cindy McDaniels, who, at the time, was the Director of Assurance Pregnancy Care Center. She shared her heart for students in Lexington, KY. God was working in me through her story, and I joined the Assurance staff in 2012. Cindy and I worked together to cast the vision for the Raise the Standard program. In miraculous ways, God opened doors for us to go into the schools with truth, hope, and healing. Over the next five years, we reached over 6,000 students, presenting in every public and private high school in Fayette Co., as well as middle schools and church youth groups. With the blessing and support of Assurance, the Raise the Standard program is moving to be hosted and led by Refuge for Women. It will remain committed to the same principles of faith and practice, but will be positioned for some incredible growth opportunities.
Now with over 12 years of experience in education, I am honored to have the opportunity to lead this program at Refuge for Women and continue to educate and impact students across central Kentucky.