I graduated from Cooper High School in 1988 as salutatorian of my class. I then attended East Texas State University (now Texas A&M-Commerce) where I earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education in 1994. I am proud to say that I graduated with the highest academic average of my class with a 4.0.
Aside from my college degree in Music Education, I also hold a certificate for Level 1 Kodaly training (an elementary music training), and certificate for Level 1 in World Music Drumming.
The main workshops I attend occur in February of each year at the Texas Music Educators Association convention in San Antonio. It is a 4 day convention with numerous classes offered every day that help music educators stay up to date on teaching methods, classroom management skills, available music literature, current trends in music education, and so much more.
I have been the music teacher at Bailey since 2018. I am very proud and excited to teach at Bailey and love 4th and 5th grade music!
My teaching career began in 1994 at 2A Cooper Jr/Sr High School in Cooper, Texas, where I taught 6th through 12th grade band, including marching band. In 1999, I advanced to the 3A division when I changed to Clarksville Jr/Sr High School in Clarksville, Texas. There I was the head middle school band director, assistant high school director, and color guard instructor. While at Clarksville, we advanced to the state marching contest for the first time in school history!
Following my two years in Clarksville, from 2001 until 2006, I served as Children’s Minister at Lamar Avenue Church of Christ in Paris, Texas. For the first two years of that assignment, I was part-time, so I also taught band at 4A Paris ISD in Paris, Texas.
In 2006, I returned to full-time teaching as middle school choir director at Stone Middle School in the 4A North Lamar ISD in Paris, Texas. I continued in that position for 10 years, then decided to go back to teaching band. I was part of the band staff at Stone Middle School until 2018.
My family is my world! I am single by choice, but I have amazing parents who are a huge part of my life,and awesome brother and sister-in-law who live in Pflugerville, Texas, and are currently working on a church plant there. They have three daughters, my INCREDIBLE nieces...Grace lives in Dallas, Sarah will soon graduate from Baylor University, and Rachel will soon graduate from the University of North Texas. (Sarah and Rachel are twins!) A great way to make my day is for me to get to spend time with them!
When I’m not teaching, I love just hanging out at home, or as I’ve already mentioned, spending time with my family. I have three fur babies named Bella, Phoebe, and Boo. I love to road bike, play my flute, and sew quilt blocks. I attend Lamar Avenue Church of Christ where I assist with the youth group and also work in the after school and summer day care program (Latch Key).