I graduated from Quitman High School in 1980 and from Jacksonville Baptist College in 1982. I received my Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls in 1985. I earned my ESL certification in 2001 and have renewed it every 5 years since then.
My teaching career began in 1985 when I began teaching 3rd grade in Quinlan, Texas. The following year I moved to 2nd grade in Lone Oak, Texas where I taught for 4 years- even after moving to Sulphur Bluff. After my second child was born in 1990, I stayed home for a 10-year "maternity leave", substituting in Sulphur Bluff and Sulphur Springs for six of those years. In 2000, I began teaching in Sulphur Springs ISD where I spent the next 15 years. I taught ESL Kindergarten at ECLC, English as a Second Language at Travis Elementary, ESL first and fourth grades at Bowie Elementary, and third grade at SSES..
Even though I married my high school sweatheart, we divorced in 2004. I live on the same land where my dad was born and raised. Both of my children attended Sulphur Bluff School throughout their entire school careers. Joshua graduated in 2007, and Stephanie graduated in 2008. Joshua went on to complete the welding program at Paris Junior College. He nows works for a refrigeration company as a welder and travels all over the country with his job. Stephanie went to PJC and then graduated from A&M Commerce with a Bachelors Degree in Education. She got married in 2014 and now Mrs. Fortune teaches fourth grade language arts at North Hopkins.
I have attended Central Baptist Church in Sulphur Springs since 1990. For many years I taught four-year-olds in Children’s Church and worked with the children’s choir. Since 2000 I’ve been a teacher in the AWANA program. I’ve been to the South American country of Peru four times on mission trips.
In my free time I enjoy reading, especially mysteries and christian fiction. I like to scrapbook photos of family and friends. I love to sew and want to learn to make a quilt. I’m looking forward to becoming a grandmother in December. I think spoiling a grandbaby will make a great hobby!!