I was born and raised in Texas. I grew up in Austin and moved to Dallas in high school. My husband David and I married in 1995 and moved to Central Oregon where we lived for 7 years. God has blessed us with three beautiful children. We love spending time together and with extended family at our lake house in SE Texas. We spend a lot of time supporting our daughters at their various events throughout the year. When I get a rare moment to myself, I spend it reading, crafting, scrapbooking or refinishing furniture.
I have spent 14 years in the classroom. Before Oregon and having children, I taught at Westwood Montessori School in the early 90's, and at Vanguard Preparatory School in the mid 90's. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom for 13 years. When I went back to work part-time, I landed in the 4th grade room just down the hall from my children. I have been at Zion since 2011 and dearly love the staff and the sense of community fostered here.
During the school year, work, church, volunteering at my daughters' school and with our neighborhood association keep me plenty busy. In the summers, my girls and I look forward to volunteering at VBS. I also lead a preschool class at a summer camp for adopted children and their siblings. Many summers, I run a week long clay camp with 2 long-time teacher friends.
Teaching multiple grade levels in Zion's art room has been a fun and exciting adventure for me. It's been a wonderful opportunity for me to practice what I ask of my students: try something new! I hope I impress upon them that whether they succeed or fail, they can always take something positive away from their experiences. Trying new things builds stamina, resilience and confidence. My main goal in the art room is to make our classroom a place where the children feel comfortable expressing themselves creatively and trying new things. I pray that I help teach them to be patient and respectful to themselves and with others. I want them to learn the different elements and concepts of art. I teach about famous artists and their specific styles, but also the concept that successful people are not perfect. Rather they try new things and do not give up when they fail. I believe if they learn this, it will help them however they choose to use the gifts God has given them.
Mistakes are proof that you are trying.