I graduated from Samford University in 2007 and following graduation, doors opened to me at EHS where I was able to coach cross country, JV girls basketball and softball. The next year I was hired as a PE teacher and coach at the lower school, and I have been here ever since. I feel incredibly fortunate to be back at Ensworth and couldn’t be happier with my career. I truly believe I have the best job in the world! Being an Ensworth alum, it’s wonderful to come back to a community that I am so familiar with. The school is essentially my second family. There are 30+ teachers who are still at Ensworth from when I graduated in 1999 which shows how truly special this place is.
You are also very involved in coaching a lot of the middle school sports teams, what is that experience like for you?
I absolutely love teaching PE at the lower school. I take great pleasure in teaching all of the grades because I have the opportunity to watch the students grow from pre-first to eighth grade. This year, I was an assistant cross country coach, head girls varsity basketball coach and head softball coach. The competitive yet relaxed nature of middle school athletics combined with an emphasis on fundamentals and having fun is what makes lower school athletics such a wonderful experience. This is the time for students to explore athletics and discover where they are talented and what sports they would like to pursue further. I love being part of that process.
The wedding is on Saturday, June 23rd, getting pretty close! My fiancé is Bryan Picklesimer who I have basically known since middle school. Bryan and I are both Ensworth alums, but he is a bit older than me so he was in the 8th grade when I was in the 4th grade. Needless to say, I knew who he was, but he didn’t have a clue as to who I was! I remember Bryan being the athletic and incredibly fast eighth grader with big curly hair who won the Tiger Trot and all of the running races on field day. Bryan’s father also taught me science in the 8th grade; little did I know that he would be my father in law one day.
Bryan and I both attended Father Ryan high school but of course he was a senior when I was still in the 8th grade at Ensworth. I had my first encounter with Bryan during fall of 2007 when I was a cross country coach at EHS. I was in charge of running a home meet, and I wasn’t entirely confident on how to run a cross country meet and all of the logistics it entailed. Bryan, a PE teacher at Ensworth lower school and the cross country coach graciously offered to help me. I officially met Bryan at the EHS cross country course where we drove the course together in his big red international Scout. I was rather nervous about running the meet, and he simply said “no worries, it will be easy and I’ll help you.” I relaxed immediately and was incredibly grateful for his help and pure kindness.
Bryan and I started dating the next fall when I was hired as a PE teacher at the middle school. I was one of his many assistant cross country coaches, and not long after cross country season ended, we began dating. We have been together ever since!
I’m ambidextrous. When I was little, I could do everything with both hands. For example, when I would play tennis, I had a full time forehand and would switch hands as needed. As I got older, I began to focus on one hand for different activities, but I feel that I can do most things with either hand. Currently, I:
Write: left handed
Eat with utensils: left handed
Throw a ball: right handed
Shoot basketball: right handed
Tennis: left hand
What is your favorite Ensworth tradition?
Fairly difficult question because I love so many of the Ensworth traditions, but I must say Field Day is my favorite. As a former “Orange”, it’s hard to forget the pure excitement and joy I felt from field day. I still take pleasure in Field day as a teacher, but I can’t say it’s quite as much fun as being a student and able to compete. However, I do love to see the smiles on all of the student’s faces as they get to experience an incredible day of fun, games and competition.
Who is the next EHS faculty you would like to see featured on the grind?
Jeremiah Carter, a first year PE teacher and coach who is a wonderful addition to the Ensworth community.