My degrees are from University of Colorado (B.A.) and Texas A&M (M.A.). I started a Ph.D. at UNT, but abandoned it when I decided to stay in the high school classroom rather than teach at the university level. I turned down a gig at SMU to teach Grapevine Mustangs!I have been married to Jeff, a test pilot, for 30 years. He served in the Army for 21 of those years, and we lived in many states before we settled in Texas after his retirement. We have two children: Allen (28) who works for Airbus France, and Amy (26) who is a marine biologist but is embarking on a new career as a high school chemistry teacher in Humble.A little bit about me: I love animals--I am completely mental about them, really--and have rescued quite a few dogs and cats. I love to be active, hiking, biking, or sometimes yoga; I also love to read, cook, bake, eat, do jigsaw puzzles, talk about books, spend time with my family and my critters, relearn French, go to movies, and just lots of other things. I like to continuously challenge myself and learn new things.I love elephants and fast cars, by the way. If I weren't a teacher, I would be a Formula I race car driver elephant caretaker.This is my 12th year at Grapevine, and my 11th year teaching AP Language and Composition. It's my 27th year of teaching overall. I am looking forward to another awesome year!