Eastern New Mexico University
Year Graduated: December 1992
Degree: Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Language Arts
Tarleton State University
Year Graduated: December 2006
Degree: Masters Degree in Educational Administration
New Mexico K-8 (all subjects)
Texas 1-8 (all subjects)
I am currently in my nineteenth year of teaching and into my thirteenth year of teaching at Bransford Elementary. I have taught sixteen years of fifth grade and two years in fourth (and one year in second grade with my student teaching). My passion is teaching American History, Language Arts, and Reading, and feel as though this fifth grade assignment is the perfect spot for me.
Awards & Honors:
A) GCISD Distinguished Teacher - selected by Katie Doody, one of CHHS Top 20 Students - May 2009
B) Thinking Maps Trainer
C) GCISD Staff Development Facilitator for "Guiding Learning" in the Linking Literacy Academy (2007 to the
D) A member of the faculty and staff named to the Texas Business & Education Coalition's Honor Roll for 2008,
2009, & 2010 - Bransford Elementary (an award that recognizes schools that have demonstrated three years of
high academic performance).
E) Recipient of the "Friends of Children" PTA Award - May 2008.
F) Recipient of a "Commended Teacher of the Humanities" award for 2007-2008. This award recognizes exemplary
K-12 Social Studies teachers in the state of Texas. G) Selected to be a presenter at the Renaissance Learning Symposium in Austin, TX (March 2007). Presentation was on goal setting, motivational techniques for implementing AR into the classroom, and instructional lessons in Reading with projects and strategies to increase reading comprehension in students.
H) National Honor Roll's Oustanding American Teachers (2005-2006) (nominated by Brianne Bracken - former
student from Mesa Elementary 1998-1999)
I) Recipient of "The Chancellor's List" (2005-2006) - the highest academic honor for graduate students.
J) Who's Who Among America's Teachers (2005-2006)(nominated by Morgan Fenton - former student at
Bransford Elementary 1999-2000)
K) Selected by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) to assist in creating the TAKS Test for Reading:
* Fourth Grade 2005 Test (June 2004)
* Fifth Grade 2008 Test (September 2006)
* Fourth Grade 2008 Test (June 2007)
L) Bransford Elementary's "Teacher of the Year" (2003-2004)
M) Teacher of the Month at Bransford (Feb. 2002/Nov. 2004)
N) Reading Renaissance Model School (1998-1999) - Mesa Elementary
O) Reading Renaissance Model Classroom (1997, 1998, and 1999)
P) A member of the prestigious faculty and school presented the Red Book “Best of States” award (Mesa
Elementary - New Mexico Elementary school)
Q) Member of schools recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools (Mesa Elementary and Bransford Elementary)
Schools where I have taught:
Lockwood Elementary in Clovis, New Mexico --1 Year (1993 to 1994)
Mesa Elementary in Clovis, New Mexico -- 5 Years (1994 to 1999)
Bransford Elementary in Colleyville,Texas -- 13 Years (1999 to the present)
July 2008, in Boston, MA at "Frog Pond" in the Boston Common!