Home is definitely where the heart is. I began my educational career with the Bearden School District back in 1987! I started out as a teacher's aide, now what is called a paraprofessional, at Thornton Elementary. I later came to Bearden Elementary as a computer lab manager until I went to college full time in 1990. I graduated from Henderson State University with my Bachelor of Science in Education December of 1993. My first teaching job was with the Camden Fairview District that spring and then began teaching fourth grade back at Bearden in the fall of 1994. Both my sons, Chad and Brent Launius, graduated from Bearden High School. I married a Bearden Bear, Monte in 1978, so I truly have become a Bearden Bear. Bearden is my home and I am honored to be the Elementary Principal.