Joining the Walton Ferry family has been a wonderful experience. I have learned so much and I am inspired every day by our staff and students.
I began my teaching career in 1988 at West Wilson Middle School, where I taught language arts for 20 years. I became assistant principal at Lakeview Elementary in Mt. Juliet in January 2008.
I grew up in the small town of Madison, Ga., which is 60 miles east of Atlanta. I have been married for 37 years to my husband, Leon Alligood. He is an assistant professor of journalism at Middle Tennessee State University. Prior to joining MTSU in 2008, he spent 30 years as a reporter, the last 10 at The Tennessean.
We have two boys, Arthur Alligood and Shepherd Alligood. Arthur is a special education teacher at the Genesis School in Davidson County. Arthur is also a musician. Arthur has three daughters, Corban, 11, and twins Elsie and Lucy, 8 years old. Shepherd is a video archivist and editor at The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Cumberland University and a Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from Trevecca Nazarene University.
By becoming a teacher, I am following in the footsteps of my beloved paternal grandmother, who was a teacher in a one room school in South Georgia in the early part of the 20th Century. When I was a girl, she often told me stories about her students and life as a teacher. She remains my inspiration.