I am an alum of Nocona High School, two hours west of Paris on Highway 82. I graduated in 1980 and earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from East Texas State University in 1984. I returned to Texas A&M-Commerce in 1996 to pursue elementary education certification. After completing two years of undergraduate education coursework, I started my third career as a teacher. I aspired to teach on a college level and pursued a masters in mass communication, which I completed in December 2019.
Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism
Master’s Degree in Mass Communication
As an advocate for media literacy, I have studied digital citizenship and teen identity development and influences via media/electronic interactions.
After 22 years at North Lamar ISD, I came to Paris High this year to teach digital media. I also will have one section of Principles of Arts, A/V Tech and Communication, an introductory class for courses in the Arts and Media career cluster, and Digital Art/Animation.
While at North Lamar High School, I was the yearbook adviser for 14 years and also taught photography and graphic design classes. Before moving to the high school, I taught fourth and fifth grades at Bailey Intermediate.
Prior to my teaching career, I was news editor with The Paris News and lifestyles editor at The Natchitoches Times. In my twenties, I worked for ARAMARK as a food service manager on four college campuses. I do say, I am a pretty good cook and will share my chicken enchilada soup recipe if anyone asks.
I bring management and journalistic experience into the classroom as well as teaching experience as an AVID teacher at North Lamar High School. AVID is a college-prep program and I assure you my students will experience a healthy dose of 21st Century skill building.
My husband, Jeff, and I have been married for 25 years. We have four children – three daughters and a son. My daughters graduated from NLHS and my son from Chisum HS.
Our children are grown and we have six grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter is autistic and attends school in NLISD. I have grandson in second grade at Rivercrest ISD and another grandson in first grade at Aikin Elementary.
My hobbies include road trips on our trike, a Can Am Spyder, and cooking. My husband and I often enjoy Saturday mornings sniffing out treasures at estate and garage sales.
We attend church at Christian Fellowship and value our time with family.