I earned by Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with an emphasis in math from Texas A&M-Commerce in May 1985.
I earned my Master of Education in Elementary Education with an emphasis in language arts from Texas A&M-Texarkana in August 1994.
I completed 18 doctoral hours in reading at Texas Woman’s University in August 2006.
I hold a lifetime Texas teaching certificate for grades 1-8 and a 5 year teaching certificate in Oklahoma (through 2025).
I am also a certified Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.
I am excited to begin my first year teaching at Hugo Elementary School as a third grade teacher. I will be a self-contained classroom, teaching English/Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies.
I began my teaching career at Clarksville Elementary School in Clarksville, Texas in 1985. I taught transitional first grade my first year. The next nine years I taught third grade. Then I trained to beome a Reading Recovery teacher and taught first grade half a day and Reading Recovery for the other half day for 3 years. The next four years I spent teaching Reading Recovery half a day and teaching small literacy groups the other half day.
In January 2001 I moved to Paris and began teaching at Aaron Parker Elementary in North Lamar ISD. I taught Reading Recovery and small literacy groups there for 5 years.
Then, I spent a year teaching Reading Recovery at Higgins Elementary in North Lamar ISD while I commuted to Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, to train as Reading Recovery Teacher Leader. I completed that training in May 2006. I served as Teacher Leader for the next 10 years. My last year to teach at North Lamar I served as the district Literacy Coach for K-2. I retired in September 2017.
My husband and I married in 1985. We have 3 adult children, Lauren, Forrest, and Amy, and two grandchildren, Ben and Olivia, with a third, Amelia, making her appearance in November 2020! All of our children went to North Lamar and our two oldest are graduates of Texas A&M University. Our youngest will begin her college career this fall.
We have 4 fur babies. Our oldest is our cat, Sunshine. Missy is our miniature schnauzer. We also have two golden-doodles, Stella and Sweetie Pie.
I’ve always enjoyed gardening, yard work, and reading in my spare time. I’ve recently taken up quilting, though I’m quite the amateur! I love spending time with my two sisters as well. We try to have a “sister social” as often as possible.