I graduated from Antlers High School in 1986 and from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1991 with a Bachelors Degree in Science Education.
In the Fall of 1992 I began teaching at Antlers High School teaching the Biological Sciences. After one year of teaching, I switched to the Physical Sciences and continue to teach those today.
I am married to Jr. Gardner, previous owner of Gardner's Grocery. We have two children, Jett and Railey Beth. Jett graduated from Antlers High School in 2009 and from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in December of 2014 with an Occupational Safety Degree and is employed by Teal-Jones Lumber Company as their Safety Officer. Our son's wife, Lacey, is a 2010 graduate of Antlers High School, a 2014 graduate of Southeatern Oklahoma State University and a 2016 graduate of The University of Oklahoma Physician's Associate school of Oklahoma City. She works at Paris Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Room. Railey Beth is a 2012 Antlers High School graduate and a 2016 graduate from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. She is employed at First Insurance. Railey Beth's husband, Bradley, is a 2002 graduate from Antlers High School as well as a graduate from The University of Oklahoma and is a Vice President at First Bank. We have two precious grandchildren, Miss Elizabeth Claire Burrage and Miss Ellington Grace Burrage, who are the light of their Pa and Nana's life.