Grades: 6 - 8th Grades
Subject: Middle School Language Arts
Favorite Quotation: “Let today’s test be tomorrow’s testimony.”- The Message
Why I Teach: Many years ago, I worked in the criminal justice field. After about the seventh year, I began questioning whether I was being called to continue this line of work, or was the Lord asking me to serve in another way. At the beginning of my ninth year, my prayers were answered. I went back to school to earn my teaching certificate, and I then continued my graduate work and obtained a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction. I later applied for a teaching position through the Diocese of Dallas, and I was hired immediately! I knew the Catholic school system was the place for me. I also knew that Christ was my guide in this decision. I eventually came to St. Joseph, and this is my second home for the past 12 years. This is also my parish. I love teaching English/Language Arts, and am thrilled to be able to speak about Christ in my classroom!
Education and Training: I earned my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in educational psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. I later returned to college by attending graduate school at Texas A&M University in Commerce, Texas. I earned a Master of Science degree in Curriculum and Instruction there. I have my Texas teaching certificate as well. Additionally, I have returned to graduate school to work on a second masters degree in educational administration and earned this second master-level degree in 2018. Lastly, I am a member of The National Scholars Honor Society and a member of the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. I have attended training sessions that cover various aspects of language arts. I have attended numerous training sessions on writing concepts as well.
Where I have lived: I was born in Austin, Texas and attended St. Louis Catholic School through the 8th grade. My extended family continues to reside in the Austin area. I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, but UT Austin was not my first choice. I wanted to attend St. Mary’s Catholic University in San Antonio. However, my financial aid fell through, so I wound up going to UT Austin. I live in Rockwall with my family.
My Professional Experience: Several years ago, I worked in the criminal justice field. I previously taught at Good Shepherd Catholic School. St. Joseph is where I have been teaching all three grade levels at various points during my 12 years here.
My Family: I am married and have been for the past 21 years. We have two daughters. One is married and the other is a senior at Sam Houston State University with the aspiration to attend medical school after graduation. My husband and I are empty nesters and grandparents to two adorable grandchildren. We are active parishioners in our parish, St. Joseph Catholic Church, and we love our parish and serving our Lord!
Something you might not know about me: I swam with a Dolphin named Calypso. He was swimming so fast that I cut my lip on a pier. Needless to say, it took some time to heal. Also, during this pandemic of times, my newest hobby is making facial coverings with so many designs. I enjoy my sewing time and personal prayer each morning and evening.
My prayer for my students: I pray Jesus will guide each of you and fill your hearts with love, grace, and patience. I pray our Lord grants each of you strong learning ability, a good memory, and ease to grasp all your academic concepts. Jesus, continue to bless each of my students with words to inspire others. Bless their minds so they will remember their grammar, writing, and literature concepts. Fill them with your Holy Spirit and many graces. Amen.
My Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 972-234-4679