Welcome to 8th Grade Science! I am so excited to be teaching at Willow Springs Middle School. I enjoy middle school students and love their enthusiasm for learning. I went to high school in Houston where I took as many science classes as possible. I also ran cross country and track and still enjoy running today. I ran my first marathon five years ago, but I found out that I prefer 5K's and 15K's instead of a full marathon. I also enjoy cooking, reading and gardening. I attended Texas State University for college and earned a BS in Education with a major in Biology and a minor in Earth Science. After college, I moved to San Antonio, started my teaching career and married my wonderful husband. My husband's job has taken us to Temple, TX, Tulsa, OK, Peoria, IL and St. Louis, MO. While in Peoria, I received my MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Bradley University. Through all the moves, I have been fortunate to teach in every city that I have lived, accumulating 27 years of experience. Additionally, I have four wonderful boys. My oldest Matthew graduated from Missouri Baptist University and currently works in Dallas. He just got married this past May and now I have a daughter in law. She just received her Doctorate in Physical Therapy. Ben graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA and is a graduate student at UTD working on his Doctorate in Material Science in Engineering. He just received a Fulbright Scholarship which will take him to Malaysia for a year starting in January. He will teach English while he is abroad. Trey just graduated with a Finance degree from the University of North Texas and started working at Fidelity in the compliance department. My youngest son Nicholas is a 7th grader at Willow Springs. I am looking to a fantastic 2018-2019 school year.