I started my career in public education by teaching for 8 years in Maryland elementary and middle schools. I also taught at the college level in Africa with the Peace Corps. Next, I worked as a resource ESL teacher at an American-International school in Bolivia where I also learned Spanish. In 2008, I relocated back to the USA, starting my career as a Texas-certified bilingual school counselor in a high-need public school system. I was an elementary school counselor and am currently a middle school counselor.
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• Signed a Multi-Book Deal with Youthlight Educational Publishers to Write Counseling and SEL Books • 2016 and 2017 Winner of the CREST Excellence in School Counseling Award from the Texas School Counseling Association • Jesus Juarez Emerging Leader with the Texas School Counseling Association •-Presenter: Texas Professional Growth Conference, Texas School Counseling Association Conference, Lone Star School Counseling Conference, American School Counselor Association Conference • Appointed to Serve on the 2017-18 CREST Excellence in School Counseling Revision Committee • 2017 Guest Presenter at the UT College of Counselor Education
I graduated from the University of Maryland in 1994 with a BS in Elementary Education and then from Johns Hopkins soon after with an MS in Counseling.
When I'm not writing or educating, I enjoy ranch life with my husband and our menagerie of pets—all of whom practice healthy coping skills, of course!