Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at San Antonio (Criminal Justice), 1982
Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas at San Antonio (Education), 1989
Graduate Course work - University of Texas at Austin
U.S. Army, 1974-1980
Highland Hills Baptist Elementary School - first grade (two years)
Harlandale ISD - May 1989 until the present
6 years Gilbert Elementary, taught 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade
1 year at Terrell Wells Middle School (science)
Urban Systemic Initiative - mentor teacher for math and science for 9 school districts, employed by Harlandale ISD (two years)
Kingsborough Middle School - 6th grade mathematics (eighteen years)
Born in White Pine, Tennessee and reared in Morristown, Tennessee.
Attended Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee before
enlisting in the U.S. Army where I served for six years. I was
stationed at Ft. Meade, Maryland for two years and NATO Headquarters in
Izmir, Turkey for four years where I also attended the University of
Maryland at Izmir, Turkey.
I have had the privilege of visiting thirty-five of the fifty states,
as well as Italy, Greece, Germany, Spain, Israel, Mexico, Canada, and
Turkey where I lived for four years.
After serving in the U.S. Army, I used my G.I. bill to attend the
University of Texas at San Antonio, earning a degree in Criminal Justice
in 1982. My daughter, Robin, was born in 1983 and I was a stay-at-home
mother for two years. Next, I taught first grade at Highland Hills
Baptist Elementary School for two years. I had the privilege of
teaching Devin Brown, a former San Antonio Spur, at Highland Hills
Baptist. Then I decided to return to school, and earned another degree
in Education from the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am
certified in Early Childhood and Gifted and Talented.
In 1989, I began teaching in Harlandale I.S.D. where I have six years
of elementary experience, one year of teaching science only at Terrell
Wells Middle School, two years of experience as a mentor teacher in math
and science for the Urban Systemic Initiative, and eighteen years
teaching math in 6th grade at Kingsborough Middle School. In 1994, I
received the St. Mary's University and Luby's Excellence in Teaching
Award for San Antonio which included a $2,000 cash prize. I have also
taken graduate courses in mathematics and served as a mentor teach for
several teachers at Kingsborough Middle School through the district
program and Education Service Center, Region 20.
I am a Baseline Bum with the San Antonio Spurs and was selected a
Hero of Hope for the Class of 2013 for South Central Texas, High Plains
Division, American Cancer Society. I became involved with the American
Cancer Society in 2005 after my daughter was diagnosed with cancer on
Christmas Day 2004. She is now a ten year cancer survivor and the
proud mother of two boys, Percy (4 years old) and Orion (9 months old).