CTE Digital Media
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 two sections of Principles of Arts, A/V Tech and Communication, an introductory class for courses in the Arts and Media career cluster. This year we started an animation class.
I am also sponsor of the reactivated FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) club.
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 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 24 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 five grandchildren. My oldest granddaughter is autistic and attends Bailey Intermediate. I have grandson in first grade at Rivercrest ISD and another grandson in kindergarten at Aikin Elementary.
We have a rather large black and tan hound named Buddy – which happens to be the name of my neighbor and his son. We also have two outdoor cats, Skitty and Ash.
We attend church at Christian Fellowship and value our time with family.