What degree(s) do you hold? From what school(s)? What was your area of concentration?
Bachelor of Science for Howard Payne University, Education (K-8) with an emphasis in English, Reading, and Math
What is your previous work experience?
I have taught 2nd Grade at Highland Park Elementary, 4th grade at Regents School of Austin, 5th Grade Humanities at Austin Classical School, 2nd Grade at the Christian School at Castle Hills, and been a private tutor for K-8th grade reading and math students as well as executive function coaching. I love watching students learn and learning alongside them! God is continually teaching me new things and I get excited to share it with students I am teaching.
Tell us about your family:
I am a mom to 3 wonderful daughters. We love being outside, using our imaginations, and enjoying friendships both old and new. Being a mom is a non-stop adventure. You never know what the day will bring, but when I hold my girls’s hands I always tell them, “This is my favorite part of the day,” because for that moment all that matters if that feeling of belonging and peace that comes from knowing you don’t walk alone.
What do you love about Classical education?
I love the interconnectedness of a classical education. God does not live in a. box, nor do the things He has created and revealed. To study History apart from Literature is to miss out on connection and richness of God in some way. When I pick up a thread of truth God has revealed in History, in Classical education, I can see that thread woven in Literature, Writing, Science, and Math as well as in Bible Class. A classical education gives us the tools to explore that truth deeply and be changed by it.
Why are you interested in teaching in at Austin Classical School? What do you love about students in the grade you’re teaching?
I loved my time at Austin Classical School during the ’19-’20 school year. When I started that year in October it was my return to the classroom after being home with kids and it was made wonderful by the students, co-teachers, and co-workers I had around me. I knew this community is where I wanted to invest the next years of my career as well as my family’s life. Fifth grade is a great year to teach because it is a year of growth and transitions. I enjoy watching students gain more confidence and independence as they begin to see what they are capable of doing in the classroom, at home, and in peer relationships. I feel honored to walk with families during such a special time in the life of their child.
What do you like to do in your free time?
I enjoy being active and being with friends, so I try to combine these things as often as possible. I enjoy running, hiking, cycling, and going to the gym. I like a good treasure hunt if I have free time. On a Saturday you might find me tucked into a mom and pop shop that sells anything from old books to fireplaces just to see what I can see. My new found favorite place like this is Laverty’s in Waco. I spent a month in Waco this summer and wandered away a morning looking at interesting finds from the last century and I loved it. I came away with an old radio with the insides gone, which made it the perfect place to tuck in a blue tooth speaker and hear my music while enjoying the craftsmanship of an old radio. I like to read most everything. I read everything from C.S. Lewis to Jane Austin to the American Girl Series. This year a few books I’ve read or reread are: A Wrinkle in Time, To Kill a Mocking Bird, The Devil at my Heels, Are My Kids on Track, and It’s a Numberful World. Last time I taught 5th grade I got through the first four Harry Potter books so I could understand their well crafted references in their composition papers. I think my goal should be to finish the series this year!