Degrees and Certifications:
I graduated from Alief Hastings High School, near Houston, Texas. When I first graduated, I did not want to be a teacher even though I was from a family of educators - teachers, school nurses, principals, coaches, and superintendents. I enrolled in the University of Texas at Austin and received my Bachlelor of Arts. I started working in retail management and changed to apartment management, but I always trained all the new hires. I finally concluded that maybe I was meant to teach.
I enrolled in elementary education at the University of Texas at Tyler to become a certified teacher. I enjoyed my classes, but I felt overwhelmed by the amount of time I was required to teach reading after having only taken two courses. I continued taking reading courses until I received my Masters of Education. I am constantly wanting to help students so I continued taking classes and researching possible solutions for reading difficulties until I completed my Doctor of Philosphy from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.
I have teaching certifications in All-Level Art, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Elementary Education, and Reading Specialist. I also have my principal certification. I am a Dyslexia Therapist as well as a American Language Therapist.
I have been teaching at Tom Daniels Elementary School for 20 years as the Reading Specialist/Interventionist in which I work with at-risk students in all subject areas, but primarily in reading. I have also taught at Comfort Elementary in Comfort ISD, John F. Kennedy High School in Edgewood ISD, and Martins Mill Schools in Martins Mill ISD. I have also taught at San Antonio College and the University of Phoenix in San Antonio.
I hope the environment in my classroom helps students be life-long independent learners.