Teaching is not my first career, but it is definitely my favorite! I have been at Crenshaw since 2009 as the art teacher. Besides being a teacher of art, I am also an active artist. I am so happy when I have students come back to see me after they have moved on to upper grades.
I was born and raised in Fargo, ND. I moved to Matagorda, TX when I was 19 years old. I spent about 6 years moving around and working minimum wage jobs until I realized that I did not want to live not knowing if I could pay my bills from month to month. I even spent some time living in my car. Things were bad. I finally decided to get over my fear, and enrolled in college. A friend asked me if I was interested in cleaning her house once a week, and then she referred me to a friend of hers. Within a few months, I was able to quit my minimum wage job, and scheduled my cleaning jobs around my classes. Over the years I was in college, my cleaning business grew until I had six employees, and we were cleaning businesses, apartments, and houses. We made enough money for each of us to live and pay our bills.
I graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fine Arts specializing in Studio Art. I have been doing commissioned artwork ever since I was 11 years old. It has never been enough to live on, as I have had difficulty seeing it as a business, but as expression.
I began working at a longterm care facility as the housekeeping and laundry supervisor, and then as the bookkeeper. I got married, and we had three children. I then started working in aged and disabled Medicaid, and then as an accounts payable person for a McDonald's franchise that owned 81 stores in Texas.
My husband encouraged me to go back to school to take the pedagogy classes to become a teacher. With his support, and the support of my employers, I did. I completed all of the requirements, and passed the tests to become certified as a teacher.
4-8th English, Language Arts, and Reading
11:15 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday