I am blessed to have been reared in a loving, Christian home; the youngest of three children. My parents earnestly prayed for each of us to personally accept Christ. I was saved at the age of seven. Less than a year later, my dad died suddenly of a massive heart attack. God had been faithful to my dad’s prayer to see his children come to know Jesus. The Lord used my mom’s unwavering faith and dependence upon Jesus to be her best friend and source of strength to greatly impact my life.
Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, I attended a private Christian school, much like GCS, from 1st – 12th grade. Ironically, my mom was the elementary principal. Throughout high school, I was often busy babysitting and working with children at my church. However, when I attended Louisiana Tech University my first major was horticulture and micro-biology. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was missing God’s call on my life to become a teacher. I earned Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education from Louisiana Tech University and Centenary College, respectively.
In 1992, while I was teaching in Louisiana, the Lord brought my husband, Jeff Dozier, into my life. We married and had our older son, Justin (GCS Class of 2012), before moving to Tyler in 1995. I joined the GCS faculty as a first grade teacher in 1996. I spent 13 years as a teacher at Grace; teaching first grade. junior kindergarten, and kindergarten. During those years the Lord blessed us with our younger son, Jody (current GCS HS student). I served as the elementary assistant principal for two years before becoming the principal in 2011.
I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to partner with parents, faculty and staff as we work and pray together, shepherding the hearts and minds of children. The Lord faithfully shapes and molds my heart and mind in the process!