Ms. Waddell was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. She moved to the Atlanta area following Hurricane Katrina in 2005. She earned her Bachelor's degree from Xavier University of Louisiana in 2000. She has been teaching for fourteen years. She spent five years of her teaching career employed with New Orleans Public Schools until 2005, when Hurricane Katrina led her to Atlanta. She also taught four years in Fulton County Schools and began her professional journey with Atlanta Public Schools in 2011. During her career, she has taught Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, first, second and fourth grades. In her spare time she enjoys shopping, relaxing with family, watching movies and lots of Saints football.