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 eight years ago, but I found out that I prefer 5K's and 15K's instead of full marathons. 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 over 30 years of teaching experience.
Additionally, I have four wonderful sons. My oldest Matthew graduated from Missouri Baptist University and currently works in Dallas. 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. Two years ago, he taught English in Malaysia on a Fulbright Scholarship. I was fortunate to travel to southeast Asia and visit him and explore an amazing part of the world that I had never experienced before. Trey graduated with a Finance degree from the University of North Texas and just recently moved to the Tampa Bay area is working for Fishers Financial. We visited him this summer and enjoyed exploring that area of Florida. My youngest son Nicholas is a 10th grader at Lovejoy High School. I have told everyone that over the summer I was his chauffeur and chef. I can relate to having teenagers in the house, and I want to help your students grow to love science, but also to become mature, caring people who exemplify the characteristics found on the Lovejoy graduate profile.
The WSMS garden is also a part of the science classroom. We continue to learn about gardening and keep improving what we are doing with the raised beds and the additional pollinator beds that were constructed through the Service Learning Projects.
I am looking forward to a fantastic 2021-2022 school year.