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I was born in Perryton, Texas in November 1969. I am 38 years
old, not quite single, and have an eighteen year old son named Josh. He was
born on my 21st birthday. I live in Canyon and have three dogs
(Max, Roo, and Mollie) and two cats (Lucy and Tecko). My
house is always a mess because I don't have time to clean it.
I became a teacher because I really didn't know what else to do.
I started out as a music business major in college. I loved
playing my clarinet (and still do) but I didn't like the business
classes. I tried taking accounting twice and decided it just
wasn't my cup of tea. My other passion in school was speech.
I had the greatest speech teacher in the world, Mrs. Carol Marrs.
I still remember giving my first speech (over a toothbrush) and how
much I loved that class. When I decided to change majors in
college I decided that I should still do something I love so I changed
to speech education. By that time, I had a son and was a single
parent so I didn't have time to compete in college, though I wish I
My first teaching job was at Valleyview Junior high which I attended
in the ninth grade. It was interesting to teach at the same
school and in the same position as my favorite teacher. I taught
there for five years but I got frustrated with junior high kids and
decided to go in a different direction. I went to work for
Jostens yearbooks as a sales associate. It was a great job.
I made my own schedule and visited about 35 schools in the Texas
Panhandle. I worked with yearbook staffs and helped them in
creating their yearbooks from covers to the pages in between. I
also had to trouble-shoot computer issues which is where I gained a
lot of my computer skills. During that time, I got married and
divorced which led to my most recent job at Hereford High School.
I began teaching at Hereford High School in the fall of 2005. I
was hired to eventually replace Lana Hall who had been making plans to
retire for some time. (She finally retired in 2008) I have some very big shoes to fill, but am quite
excited about it. Of course I came back to teaching with some
trepidation, but I have found it to be quite inspiring. There
are some great kids at Hereford and I have enjoyed my job very much.
This will be another great year as I have a great team with some great
leaders. I really don't have much to
complain about other than not having any time.
Speaking of time... I do have other things that I'm involved in
besides teaching and tournaments. I recently started grad school
and am getting my degree in library science. Although I love
working with the speech team, I think my passion lies outside the
traditional classroom. It is taking up a lot of time, but I am
enjoying it so far. I am also active in my church - St.
Ann's Catholic Church in Canyon. I sing in the choir there as
well as in the Diocesan choir in Amarillo. I also still get to
play my clarinet every once in a while. I participate in a local
community band called The Town and Gown Band and I also
upkeep their website. When I'm not at speech
tournaments, I'm usually doing something with church or watching my
son perform in band or theatre. I like to do crafts at home like
crocheting or making rosaries. I love to read, but hardly find
time for it much any more. During the summers I love to ride rollercoasters. It is a great passion of mine and I have ridden
125 different coasters. I used to be a member of
ACE (American Coaster
Enthusiasts) but I haven't been able to actively participate for the
last two summers. I hope to get going again soon and I really
want to go to the parks in Florida some day!
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