This is my 16th year teaching in NEISD. I taught for four years as a middle school math and science teacher. This is my 12th year as the Gifted and Talented (G/T) teacher for K-5 students at Olmos Elementary.
I have my Texas Educator Certifications as an EC-6th grade Elementary Generalist, as a 4th-8th grade Secondary Generalist, and in 4th-8th grade Secondary Mathematics. I also have training and certification in Pre-AP Math, Pre-AP Science, and Gifted and Talented elementary and secondary education (Kinder-12th grade).
In addition to teaching the G/T students at Olmos Elementary, I have coached the Olmos Robotics teams since 2013. Our 2022-2023 Olmos VEX Robotics teams earned the Judges Award and the Robot Skills Championship Award at the NEISD Regional Qualifier, and tied for 3rd place in the Teamwork Challenge Finals at the 2023 VEX Robotics State Championship!
I am also the sponsor for two coding clubs, the Owlettes Who Code and the Techno-OWLS, and each year both of our coding clubs are at capacity. For the past 10 years, I have co-sponsored the Olmos Dance Club with our awesome music teacher and our dance club members continually shine each year at our school and PTA performances.
The 2023-2024 school year will be my fourth year serving as an Ambassador in the NEISD Arts Integration Cohort. Ambassadors work collaboratively with the Tobin Arts Center to demonstrate and share creative ways to integrate the arts within the class curriculum.
I am honored to have represented Olmos Elementary as the NEISD 2018 Trinity Prize for Excellence in Teaching Award Recipient. In addition, I was privileged to be the 2016 NEISD Teacher of the Year for Olmos Elementary. I am also proud to be a lifetime recipient of the Texas PTA Honorary Life Membership Award. From 2019-2021, I was an elected staff member of NEISD's DEIC (District Educational Improvement Committee). Additionally, I am humbled to have been selected for four consecutive years as a North East Educational Foundation (NEEF) grant recipient for 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. I also had the unique opportunity to be chosen as the NEEF grant recipient guest speaker at the 2019 North East Educational Foundation Gala.
One of my proudest honors is being recognized for the past two years by NEISD Summa Cum Laude Graduates as their Honoree Teacher at the L.E.E./STEM and ISA Summa Cum Laude Graduation Ceremonies. To have my former G/T students look back so fondly on their elementary years just warms my heart and to know that I was able to contribute in any way to their success is a true honor. I share my former students’ achievements with my current students to help inspire them with the hope that the cycle will continue and they will someday inspire my future students.
I have been married to my wonderfully supportive husband for 28 years. I am a San Antonio native and a proud NEISD K-12 Honor graduate, as well as both of our two children. Our son is now a Network Systems Administrator at the corporate office of one of the largest private companies specializing in petroleum and convenience stores. He was a UTSA Distinguished Presidential Scholar in the College of Business and majored in Cyber Security and Information Systems & Technology. Our daughter is now an Apparel Designer at the corporate office of a leading, global retailer specializing in apparel and accessories. She was a UT-Austin Dean's Honored Graduate in the College of Natural Sciences and majored in Textile and Apparel. We are extremely proud of both of their accomplishments!
We have two adopted "children" at our home and they are our two rescued Huskies (pictured below). We love our adorable fur babies!