I grew up - for the most part - in Midland, Texas. My father was in the oil business, so we lived in several Texas oil towns and spent a few years overseas in Stavanger, Norway (an amazing experience!); but most of my years were spent in West Texas. It was a great place to grow up and instilled in me a lifelong love for football. ;)
After graduating from high school, I attended Texas A&M University where I studied Education Curriculum and Instruction. I met my husband there in History 101. We have now been married for over 25 years.
My first job out of college was working for the wonderful Dr. Kenneth Thomas at Armstrong Elementary in Highland Park ISD. I am forever thankful to him for taking a chance on me, a brand new rookie teacher! After teaching for several years, I realized that my favorite part of the job was sharing literature with children and fostering a love for reading. So, I decided to become a librarian. I earned my Master's in Library Science at the University of North Texas and began work as an elementary school librarian.
From there, I moved up to the middle school level, opened a new library (a wonderful experience), and started work on my Ph.D. at Texas Woman's University. As a Graduate Teaching Assistant, I had the chance to teach an undergraduate class to education majors focusing on how to incorporate children's literature into the classroom. It was such fun sharing the love of literature with soon-to-be teachers.
My husband and I have lived in Dallas since we married. We thoroughly enjoy what the city has to offer - great restaurants, art, live music, and sports! We also love to travel, spoil our dogs, and spend time with friends and family. We have four nephews and one niece, four of which are fellow Aggies. Two of our nephews are also married to Aggies, and we are now a great aunt and uncle (!!) to two great-nieces and a great-nephew.
Someday we hope to live at the beach or in Aggieland. But for now, we are happy in Big D and looking forward to the next adventure.