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I was born in Alabama then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico when I was one year of age. In Albuquerque I went through the school system in Albuquerque Public Schools. I graduated from Sandia Highschool and went straight to the University of New Mexico. My first degree was in English. I thought I might be a bestselling novelist.
I wound up with a variety of jobs including selling cars. All through college my mom had told me that I should be a teacher or counselor. I of course did not listen. I ended up teaching skiing at Sandia Peak Ski Area. I loved teaching, but made little money working at the ski area. Finally, my mom sat me down and asked me to go back to school to become a teacher. I listened and graduated from College of Santa Fe that later became Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
I moved from Albuquerque to Baytown Texas to start my career as a 3rd grade teacher in a brand-new school. The cabinets had not even been installed 2 days before we were to start class. The start of school had to be moved back due to Hurricane Andrew. I stayed in Texas for two years before returning to Albuquerque.
I taught a summer camp in 1994 for a Montessori School before taking a job as a 3rd grade teacher at Bel Air Elementary School which was part of APS. We started many programs including bringing in Character Counts as a school solution to living in an area where there were many gangs. Once a national news outlet interviewed some of our students about Character Counts, it was so exciting being a part of this movement. I ended up moving to Colorado Springs because my husband at that time started a job with Lockheed Martin. I fell in love with Colorado.
In the fall of 1998, I secured a job with Colorado Springs School District 11 where I have been fortunate to serve this district in many ways. I left classroom teaching to become an instruction coach for several schools. I worked as a staff developer for about 10 years. I missed being in the classroom. Mr. Martinez gave me the opportunity to work in the Eagles Program where I work today teaching a multi-age class.
I live in Colorado Springs with my husband Adrian, my two dogs, and now two rats (they were supposed to be classroom pets). I love gardening, hiking, working out, and learning all that I can about this amazing world.