I am an educator, mom, wife, sister, daughter, and friend.  I spent 25 years in the classroom teaching Kindergarten through 2nd grade.  For the past 4 years, I have been a Math Specialist for the Alabama, Math, Science, and Technology Initiative.  

A few years ago, I decided that I would pursue a life-long dream and return to school to earn my Ph.D. It was both terrifying and thrilling to be able to sit in a classroom as a student once again, and stretch my brain!  Imagine my surprise when three short years later, I reached the finish line at the same time as all three of my children!  My two daughters earned their college degrees and my son earned his high school diploma! 

It is certain that we will never forget May 2012!

Click here to see the article that was published on the front page of our hometown newspaper!

Here's proof from left to right Kristen, Paul, Andrea, and one broke but happy Mama! (not pictured: one proud and equally broke Dad!)


  1. his is awesome DR. Penny!!! Congrats! I am your newest follower! I am new to the blogging world... you should come over and visit sometime!


  2. Thanks Jess! I'm still a newbie too! You will have lots of fun! Thanks for following! :-)

  3. That is an awesome accomplishment. Several years ago, my mom and I finished about the same time too...her college and me high school. It makes my high school graduation kind of special for me!

    Apparently we have the same last name. I am wondering if we are some way related?? Email me sometime.

  4. Hi Jennifer! What a coincidence! I see that I live about 50 miles south of you! It's entirely possible that there could be a family connection of some kind! My husband's family is from Goshen and is quite large, though Messick is not a very common name. I checked out your blog. Very cute!

  5. Dr. Messick,
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