The 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:
- 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.”
- I wanted to be Daisy Duke when I was a kid.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I am a true German- stubborn to the core. I learn the hard way. Always have and always will.
- 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.
- I have my father’s “puffy” cheeks and blue eyes. They always make me smile because I think of him.
- 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.
- 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.”
- Unlike most women, I have no fashion sense. My husband buys my clothes and picks out my outfits.
- I can’t park my car between the lines.
- 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.