Turner Ashby High School won the Farmer’s Insurance Dream Big Challenge and the $100,000 prize!
I was born in Alexandria, Virginia and moved to the Shenandoah Valley when I was nine years old. My family owned and operated a 7-11 near the main street truck stop in Harrisonburg, VA. Endless slurpees, hours of playing pinball machines, and always having a job were a part of my formative years.
After graduating from Harrisonburg High School in 1992, I attended Bridgewater College and majored in Health and Physical Education. I was a member of the following teams: basketball (’92-’96), softball (’93), and tennis (’94-’96). In the spring of 1996, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree and headed to Richmond, Virginia for the summer to run a recreation program with the Brethren Volunteer Service in a housing complex.
In the fall of ’97, I was hired at Turner Ashby High School and have been teaching physical education for 20 years. Other responsibilities have included teaching driver education, adapted physical education, and being the former head of the physical education department. I retired from coaching the girls varsity tennis team in June 2013 after 16 seasons.
During the spring of 2017, I made a HUGE decision to step into a part-time teaching role at TAHS for the 2017-2018 school year. I will be at TA on even days and teaching flying at the Weyers Cave airport on ODD days. I am looking forward to a new adventure, enjoy less responsibilities during the school year to take care of my aging parents and having the flexibility to share my love of aviation with others.
My husband Tony Ferek is a Lieutenant) with the Washington D.C. Fire Department and we live in Broadway. We have a cat named Walter and we enjoy living in a log cabin. In 2006, we rode our bicycles 3,700 miles from San Francisco to the Pentagon in 42 days to commemorate those who lost their lives during the 9-11 terrorist attacks. We live in a beautiful country and I am thankful for the freedom we enjoy each day here in the USA.
During the summer of 2013 I decided to fulfill a lifelong dream- I learned how to fly a Cherokee Piper 140. My solo flight was completed on August 5, 2013. What an adventure! I learned about the tradition of cutting off the back tail of your shirt upon completion of the 3 takeoffs and landings. Thank you to Steve Showalter for his wisdom, knowledge, and patience with me as his student! I passed my checkride and received my private pilot license on November 21, 2013. Tony Ferek was my first passenger and we went flying for our 13th anniversary. We should all have the desire to be a lifelong learner. The plane is stationed in Weyers Cave, VA so look up for N551PA flying up above. On April 30, 2015, I passed my instrument rating (thank you Nate Krobath- 2nd instructor) as a storm was pushing in!! There was lightning in the distance and a crosswind. The 1st week of July 2015, we bought 1PA so I could finish up my commercial flight training. Passed my single engine commercial checkride March 7, 2016.
April 2016 I found out I won a scholarship from the 99's to earn my CFI (Certified Flight Instructor certificate). I also pursued my CFII (instrument instructor). Thank you for investing so heavily in me. I look forward to training future pilots and sharing my love of aviation. I flew 1PA out to Colorado by myself and spent the month of July 2016 training at The Flying School in Fort Collins, Colorado. The highlights are documented on my blog.
To see my first solo video click here My email is email@example.com
It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a village to train a pilot. So many folks have made my aviation journey possible. Thanks to each one of you for investing in me with your time, money, support, expertise and love!
Birthdays, anniversaries and special occasions make the perfect time to try out an into flight at the airport. Feel free to ask me any questions you may have or call the Blue Ridge Aviation flight school to schedule an intro flight over the valley or your house. A friend took me flying and it changed my world! I never knew you could take flying lessons like people take piano, dance or karate lessons. There is nothing comparable to flying an airplane.
The picture below is one of my all time favorites! Mom is terrified to fly and I tried for 3 years to get her to fly with me. I told her that if she can beat cancer she could conquer her fear of flying. What a way to celebrate her last cancer treatment! I asked her to go flying and promised her that it would be the last time I would ever ask. She said yes and LOVED it! When I earned my instructor rating and finished flying back from Colorado, she had this picture hanging on her wall! What a testimony to her perseverance and I am so proud of her. I love you so much!