Hello! Here are some basic facts about me.
I am a second generation Texas educator in my thirty-fourth year of education. As a child of a homemaking teacher and science teacher we moved around the state of Texas. I'm finding that my life has moved in circles. I started off attended school in Denton, moved to finish elementary and junior high in Plainview, Texas (panhandle). We moved to Waco and I graduated from Richfield High School in Waco ISD. I went to college at the University of North Texas in Denton! (one complete circle!)
I have four driving passions and I believe to know them is to come to understand me. My first passion is my family. I have a wonderful loving husband of thirty-three years, three fantastic sons, three terrific daughter-in-laws, and six sweet granddaughters and one precious grandson. I am extremely fortunate to have a large extended family throughout the state of Texas and in Washington state.
I feel I was called to teach from the age of five. I began my teaching career in a small rural school; Cranfills Gap. My first year to teach I was responsible for teaching science to students in grades 1-6 and mathematics to students in grades 7 & 8. I married and moved to the Houston area where I worked at recovering drop-out youth and providing summer employment at public schools for students ages 16-18. We moved back to Cranfills Gap where I taught kindergarten, special education, dyslexia, second grade, and Pre-Algebra. (another complete circle!)
I began working for the Education Service Center Region 12 where I taught teachers about Dyslexia and beginning reading. I moved up the ladder and became the Director of Core Curriculum and had the fortune of working with specialists from around the 12 counties served by the ESC. For the past three years I taught adults who wanted to become Texas teachers in the alternative certification program. Now, I'm back in a district working with students and teachers (another complete circle)!
My driving passion is learning. I believe we ALL should be life-long learners. I completed the record of study for a Doctorate of Education in Administration (Ed.D.) from Texas A&M University in 2011. Whoop! I researched the vital connection between school and community and the processes of providing a vital education to all children. It is a goal to see that every child who desires to attend college or seek trade school training or apprenticeships have the opportunity to do so.
The last passion defines my character. I am passionate about laughter. I believe the most beautiful sight in the world is a smile. With every interaction I enter, my goal is to make the individual smile and laugh. A glorious belly laugh is the most melodious sound in the world to me.
One of my favorite quotes is from Aristole:
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.