I grew up in El Paso, Texas where my whole family was very involved at First Baptist Church. Both my mother and my grandmother were first grade teachers. I have a sister who is one year younger and a brother who is six years younger. I have a son at Purdue University who attended Zion Lutheran School from Kindergarten – 8th grade. I live with my son (when home from college), my sister, and two cats.
I earned a B.A. in Social Work at Baylor University. I earned my Texas Teacher’s Certificate at the same time. Later I earned a M.Ed. in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from University of North Texas. I taught for 32 years in public schools before retiring in 2015. I taught 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 9th grades. After retiring from public school, I started working at Zion as a teacher’s aide helping in Kindergarten, First Grade, Third Grade, and choirs. I also taught Preschool 4 at Camp Zion for two summers. In 2018, I joined the staff full-time as the First Grade Teacher.
In addition to teaching, I work independently with tutoring students after school. I enjoy helping with Vacation Bible School during the summer. On most weekends and holidays, I spend time with my elderly father.
When I am teaching, I am energetic and enthusiastic. I strive to be personable and make connections over our common experiences. Using classroom routines, it’s my goal for each student to be actively participating and developing confidence and competence. I hope that my students remember that I cared about them and they look back on their year as a time when their faith in God grew.
"Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre." -Gail Godwin