Once upon a time, in a land far, far away…
As a child I would play school with my best friend Debra. We would sit on my front porch with papers and chairs. I would be the teacher and she would be the student. I would use the sidewalk as the chalkboard. I always wanted to be a teacher. Then when I went to college I got the idea to become an accountant.
I am great with numbers and as a teenager, I thought, I could earn a lot more money as an accountant than a teacher. During each semester of my junior and senior year in college, I would start a new set of accounting classes. Each semester I would say to myself, "Why am I doing this?" I wanted to switch to the education department and become a teacher. However, my determination to see my accounting degree through to the end always won out. I graduated in May 1993, from the University of Texas at El Paso with a bachelors in Business Administration with a major in accounting, and I went to work at Currey Adkins with my future husband, my future father-in-law, and his partner. I worked at Currey Adkins as the accountant and office manager. It was a great job and allowed me a lot of flexibility while starting our family.
Then I got greedy. I wanted to spend more time with our children Lauren and Will. David, my husband, was very supportive of this idea. I quit working at Currey Adkins in November 2004. My new role as stay-at-home-mom did not last long. I loved volunteering in my daughter's classes at Polk Elementary. All the old desires to become a teacher came back. I signed up to be a substitute teacher with E.P.I.S.D. at the beginning of 2005. This allowed me to spend more time with my children and work as a teacher.
In January 2009, a new phase in my teaching career began. I began the pursuit of an alternative teaching certificate, as well as the pursuit of a job at the new elementary school being built very close to my house. Our great state of Texas is very fond of tests and not just for our students. In order to be a teacher in the classroom, I had to take two tests. I passed both tests the first time! So now the great state of Texas allows me to teach as a "Generalist Grades 4 - 8."
I knew from substitute teaching that though I loved working with the little ones, my heart belonged to 5th grade. Since you have read through this very long history, you may have figured out that I attained my goal to become a 5th grade teacher at Lundy! It is the icing on the cake that I am allowed to teach math and science. No worries though! Just because I have attained my goal does not mean I will slack off. My new goal is to help my students learn as much as possible about not only math and science, but also to foster a love of learning, exploring, and discovery.