Shelly has always loved these old mountains in Western North Carolina. She basically grew up in the Asheville area until her family moved away to the triad area when she was getting ready to start high school. She always knew that one day she would return to The Blue Ridge Mountains and call them home again.
Shelly earned a Degree in Psychology from Western North Carolina University which helped her pursue her true passion, teaching. After graduation she felt she had more to offer as a teacher than just a psychologist and wanted to make a difference in the lives of children. “I wanted all children to feel like learning was for them, not just for the “smart” kids.” With this burning desire to teach, she returned to college, Elizabeth City State University and East Carolina University, chasing her dream. Shelly then received her Masters in School Administration where she played multiple roles, teaching at the high school level and basically overseeing the PreKindergarten Special Needs program in Washington County, where she spent most of her teaching career that spanned almost 30 years.
After many satisfying years of teaching on the East Coast of North Carolina, she and her husband decided it was time to return home to the mountains. It wasn't long after moving to Sylva, NC that she met Bernie and the idea of working together was birthed. Bernie recognized immediately that Shelly's strengths of organization, research and communication skills were exactly what his business needed. Today, Shelly and Bernie can boast that they are Jackson County's number one Realtor Team.
Shelly has a wonderful husband of 33 years, Tommy, and two beautiful grown children Camille and Hannah, one near Raleigh and the other in Sylva, making life sweet. Shelly loves her family, fly fishing, hiking, and power walking.