imgThe serious side of me:

I am a high school English teacher at a top ranked school in Texas. As the English department chair and yearbook adviser, I keep super busy. I’ve been a teacher for 16 years and have experience teaching in both middle and high schools.

My degrees include a BA in English with a minor in History and a MA in English at Texas State University as well as an administration certification from UTA.

When I’m not reading books or creating lessons, I enjoy presenting at numerous state and local conferences across the state and helping other teachers in my role as a consultant.

The unusual, interesting, not-so-serious side:

  1. I have always lived in Texas and always will. I love living in the biggest state (sorry, Alaska, but I’m not counting you) and how “everything’s bigger in Texas.”
  2. I wanted to be Daisy Duke when I was a kid.
  3. I’ve been called a girly-girl tomboy before. Because I grew up in a neighborhood of all boys, I learned how to do “boy” things: hunting, fishing, working on cars, blowing things up, riding motorcycles.
  4. I originally majored in criminal justice in college. I wanted to be an undercover narcotics agent. And yes, I still dream of what could have been. And I still watch cop shows (I loved The Wire and The Shield)
  5. Losing my dad when I was in my 20’s changed the core of who I am. No girl should ever have to walk down the aisle or receive her master’s degree without her dad cheering her on.
  6. After spending a year and thousands of dollars getting my school administration certification, I realized that I really didn’t want to be a vice principal or principal. Maybe that will change, but for now you’ll have to drag me out of the classroom kicking and screaming.
  7. Numerous people have told to me to “get a life” and stop thinking about school, creating lessons for school, and relating everything to school. Well, folks, that just ain’t gonna happen. Teaching is so much a part of who I am that to remove it, even partially, from my life would mean taking a piece of my being.
  8. I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, who is my biggest fan and cheerleader (minus the skirt and pom poms). Sorry ladies, but I managed to snag the best one!
  9. If I’m not reading, then I am slowly dying. It’s not uncommon for me to read three books at once. I love nonfiction (memoirs), true crime (see #4 above), mystery, and books about teaching. My friends and students call me the book dealer because I am constantly recommending books and giving book talks.
  10. I love stuffed animals and have an insane collection in my office. I especially love lemurs, huskies, sock monkeys, and bears from the Vermont Teddy Bear company. I name all of my stuffed animals and each husky on my monthly calendar. Go ahead. Judge me.
  11. The only dog I really love is a husky. I’ve had a red one and a gray one. This year my husband promised to get me a black and white one. If you’ve never heard a husky talk, it’s the coolest thing.
  12. I am extremely tough on myself. I really am my own worst enemy. I will “what if” every decision I make. The voice in my head that says “That wasn’t good enough” has to be constantly quieted.
  13. I am a true German- stubborn to the core. I learn the hard way. Always have and always will.
  14. Fitness and health are very important to me. I eat “clean” most days, but I find it difficult to pass up a dessert. Carrot cake, coconut cake, German chocolate cake, and brownies (my mother-in-law’s brownie recipe is the best!) are my favorites.
  15. I have my father’s “puffy” cheeks and blue eyes. They always make me smile because I think of him.
  16. Besides my husband, my mom is my best friend. We talk at least 3 times a week. She is the most forgiving and caring person I know. And I constantly want to make sure she’s proud of me. Who would have thought we would be this close because we hated each other when I was a teenager. I deserved it though. Mothers are always right.
  17. If you hurt me, I will forgive you, but we’ll never be close. I completely agree with Maya Angelou- “When people show you who they are, believe them.”
  18. Unlike most women, I have no fashion sense. My husband buys my clothes and picks out my outfits.
  19. I can’t park my car between the lines.
  20. I hate odd numbers. It’s part of my OCD, I guess. My alarm clock, temperature and volume setting all have to be even numbers or I can’t concentrate.