Owner/Facilitator | November 2009–August 2012
I wanted to do the best job I could teaching our children good manners and basic etiquette, so I became a certified trainer through The Emily Post Institute. It didn’t take long to meet a lot of other people who wanted the same for their children—so I formed Gildencrest School.
I developed a curriculum for a weeklong summer camp for preteen girls—combining Emily Post’s methods with my Dale Carnegie training and my past experience instructing dance/twirl. The success of those camps led to requests for customized classes for Girl Scout troops, customer appreciation events, corporate training seminars, and community education classes—to name a few.
Instructor | August 2005–May 2007
I loved baton twirling since I was a girl. In 2005, a former fellow majorette and I founded Alabama Baton. Over the next 22 months, we taught weekly classes to more than 100 elementary-aged girls in the Shelby County school system. We performed half-time shows at basketball games for Birmingham Southern College and the University of Montevallo, football games for Oak Mountain High School, and pre-game for the Birmingham Barons baseball team. We marched in numerous parades, and we capped off each year performing recitals before hundreds of fans.