I have been an educator in Texas for fifteen years in various positions and grade levels in both public and private schools. I am fully certified in several areas including Principalship, Special Education, English as a Second Language, Gifted and Talented, and Generalist EC-4. I have earned two masters degrees; one in Education and the other in Educational Administration. I have extensive course work in classroom and administrative education that reflects best practice. Continuously seeking professional development is part of how I grow as an educator.
All students can learn regardless of their race, sex, or social class. Learning is a life long process; consequently, it should never be viewed as an accomplished chore. The purpose of education is to assist learners in the permanent transformation of knowledge to become intellectually independent. Learning is done best when students are actively engaged in authentic tasks. From my many years of teaching, I have learned that students want experiential and reflective-type learning. This enables my students to take ownership and responsibility in their education. I am a firm believer that a hands-on approach is the absolute best way for students to learn. Today's children are social learners so group work is a must! Children need to take charge of their learning, therefore, setting goals is imperative when designing lesson plans and one-on-one conferences with my students. Technology is a necessity. I am very selective in the technology I put into designing lesson plans. There are many great websites and technological devices available to kids, however, not everything is grade/age level or concept appropriate. Leadership is an important part of the classroom. I incorporate opportunities to enhance my students' leadership abilities so they are more likely to achieve at a higher level of thinking.
I was Teacher of the Year in 2005. I have been blessed to lead seminars, meetings, and book studies. I was honored to be apart of leadership teams and school initiative teams.
I loved reading and learning when I was in elementary school. It was during my middle school years that school became less inviting and appealing. I graduated from a high school in Dallas. I went to a local community college and recieved my Associate's degree. I attended Dallas Baptist University. It was there that I obtained my Bachlor's and both Master's Degrees.
I am the first in my family to complete college. Teaching and learning is the core of my being.