I grew up in a small town outside of Waco called China Spring. I earned a BS in Secondary Education with a specialization in English from Baylor University in 2001. My first teaching job was at Permenter Middle School in Cedar Hill, TX. After marrying my husband, I took a job at McKamy Middle School in Flower Mound to be closer to our new home in Grapevine. Upon the birth of our first child, Ava, I chose to take a position at Grapevine High School. I taught there for four years until I moved to CCA to teach 7/8 English. Both of my children started school here as well. We have been a part of the CCA family for ten years now!
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Originally, I wanted to be like Jane Fosse and study the gorillas in Africa. However, when I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I wanted to be a foreign missionary. I finally realized that teaching was a mission field in and of itself, so I decided to become a teacher.
Why do you choose to work at CCA? Working at CCA was a God thing. I loved my job at GHS and was not looking to move. However, my dear friend Myrandi Ballesteros asked if I would be interested in interviewing; the rest is history. Being here has enabled me to be on the same campus with my children, which has been such a joy. God also knew that I would need the love and support of such an amazing community as we entered into major trials in our life.
What is one fun fact about you? I had brain surgery when I was 22 years old. It is a long story for another day if you are interested.
What is your favorite book of all time? That is a hard question...but generally, my favorite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. I pick it up every few years and re-read it because it is such a rich story.
What is one thing that can instantly make your day better? Words of affirmation
What do you like to do for fun? I love to eat good food with good people.