I was born in South Texas, a few miles from the Mexico border. Having young parents with a lust for adventure, my older sister and I led a quasi-nomadic life for much of our formative years. Moving frequently, I attended six elementary schools across three states and learned to adapt and appreciate diverse cultures. As I entered junior high, my parents put down roots and I was able to attend one high school where I became active in theater arts.
After graduation in 1989, I moved to Austin, Texas where I lived on and off for the next eighteen years. During that time I nurtured my love for education and travel. I went to Mexico every chance I got and during my studies I attended a study abroad program at the University of Costa Rica and afterwards spent 8 months in Israel. In 1995 I graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Latin American Studies.
After graduation, I went to El Salvador to do volunteer work for a rural health organization. I translated for visiting American doctors, oversaw sanitation projects and coordinated rural health services. Afterwards, I studied Spanish in Guatemala for a few months. I came to realize that one of the most powerful ways to make a difference in the lives of others was through teaching. I returned to complete the Texas Teacher Certification Program and over the past 20 years I have taught at various schools grades PK to 12. I have taught bilingual and E.S.L. students for many years and have worked with children from all over the world. Being bilingual, I understand what it is like to master the nuances of a new language, and my experiences abroad have broadened my awareness of not only the world, but also of myself.
This will be my fifth year teaching Spanish at Tivy High School. It is important to me that I never stop learning and that I use the opportunities I am given to the best of my ability. I believe that each day can be an adventure; it simply depends on how you choose to look at it. I look forward to another exciting year.