When did you attend CIA? What year did you graduate from CIA?
My first year at Currey Ingram Academy was in 2003, for my 9th grade year. I then graduated from Currey Ingram in 2007.
What is your most memorable experience from CIA?
I have so many memorable experiences at CIA: spirit week, cooking classes with Senora Cruz de Duran, Student Council and being homecoming queen; but some of my best times came from acting with all my friends in the theatre department under the direction of Mr. Dominguez. My favorite play was Steel Magnolias in which I played the character of Truvy. Theatre at CIA was so much fun, and it taught me to express myself.
What is your current involvement with CIA?
At this time, I live in Memphis, Tenn., so I’m unable to be involved with the CIA community as much as I would like. However, I have come back a few times to see the current plays and visit some of my teachers.
What is one piece of advice you would give to current Currey Ingram students and families?
I would encourage students to embrace their unique qualities that set them apart and to never give up on themselves or their education. Everyone has something that they enjoy or are better at. Areas you may not be as good at are opportunities to ask others for help, especially the teachers.
Please elaborate on your academic / social experiences at CIA and then in college.
At Currey Ingram, I graduated salutatorian for the class of 2007. I enjoyed my classes and was given many opportunities to develop leadership qualities such as being the senior editor of the yearbook, leadership camp at The University of the South - Sewanee, and co-president of Student Council with Taylor Boyd.
Being at CIA helped prepare me for a great college experience. There, I enjoyed going to basketball games with friends and playing intramural sports. I also met the love of my life Zane Cooke and was married in 2011, shortly after I graduated with honors, Magna Cum Laude.
What did CIA do for you?
Currey Ingram taught me to have confidence in my ability to learn and to take charge of my education. The smaller classes and individual attention with teachers were invaluable. The teachers truly care about their students and were always happy to take time out of their busy schedules. They taught me the skills I needed to be successful, academically and socially. The school provided a nurturing environment for me to learn and to be myself. In addition, Currey Ingram gave me many opportunities to develop great friendships and fun after-school activities.
What has been the most interesting and exciting thing you've done thus far in your life?
I have to say getting married to my best friend has been one of the best parts of my life. It is truly a blessing to be able to experience life with such an amazing person. We have enjoyed so many interesting life experiences: friends, traveling, and the latest being the birth of our first child. Life has been amazing so far, and I can’t wait for what is next for my family and me.
Where did you enroll in college? Why did you choose that college?
I chose Trevecca Nazarene University for the nurturing Christian environment and small class sizes. I also enjoyed that the college was located in Nashville, which was close to home.
When did you graduate and what was your major/minor?
I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University in 2011, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a minor in Management.
Where are you currently employed? What are your future plans?
For the last three years I have been working at Poplar Healthcare, which is a pathology laboratory. I was hired as a Customer Service Representative and was promoted to Special Billing Representative in 2013. However, currently I’m on maternity leave after having our first son, Jaxon Riley Cooke. My future plans are to support my husband as he takes the next step into a medical residency and to help grow our family together.