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 Welcome to LeopardLife newspaper, Rosette yearbook, and Willow Springs photography.   I can't wait to meet you personally. But until then, let me tell you a little bit about our journalism program, with added information about myself and my family.  


 As a journalist and educator, I am determined to find creative ways to help students succeed with individualized and differentiated instruction while teaching students to use their voice to make an impact and difference through effective communication and technology use as informed digital communicators and young journalists. I believe all individuals are capable of great things to share with the world and are responsible for doing his or her own part.  This classroom is a great place to begin just doing that. Being a good journalist is a community service. 


Our newspaper, LeopardLife www.LeopardLife.net is available online and in print quarterly and has twice recently won a Star Award through ILPC for excellence in journalism service and information supporting the community. The publication has consistently received highest critiques of first class and distinguished merit as well as Best of Show through ILPC and JEA/NSPA (Journalism Educators Association and National Student Press Association.  The staff of the yearbook, Rosette,  have won national photography awards through Jostens, placed in the Jostens Look Book and received top notch ratings and accolades through ILPC, JEA/NSPA as well, including several Best of Show awards at national journalism conventions. Students in photography learn a wide range of composition skills, develop an impressive photo portfolio and also have opportunities to support the newspaper and yearbook staffs with photos. 


I joined Lovejoy ISD in 2008 and I am the technology and communications department lead.  You can follow all of these award-winning publications on Twitter and Instagram. My class website is Willow Springs Journalism https://sites.google.com/a/lovejoyisd.net/willow-springs-journalism/ 


Prior to becoming an educator, I was a journalist, an editor, and a communications director. I hold a Master's of Education degree, graduating with a 4.0 from Abilene Christian University in educational leadership with an emphasis in leadership and conflict resolution.  My undergraduate degree is in journalism from the Texas A&M University system with a minor in political science. I am certified in school principalship, instructional leadership, and in conflict resolution/mediation, secondary English, Language Arts and Reading and in Journalism 8-12.  


 I live in the district and have three daughters ages 22, 19 and almost 16. One daughter, Lauren, graduated from Texas A&M and works in faith-based missions in Boise, Idaho and Southeast Asia as an event and communications director.  Jillian is a freshman environmental science major at A&M and Madeline is a sophomore at Lovejoy High SchooI where she runs Cross Country and Track, is on the award-winning Red Ledger Newspaper Staff as the news editor and excels in art.  Personally, I love the outdoors and fitness, reading, taking long walks/jogs, hiking trails with my dogs Finn and Lily. It is going to be a great year in journalism. You are going to love it here.