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About me


I am originally from California, where I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English (writing). After a long career in federal law enforcement, I earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama while living overseas (and perfecting my Spanish-speaking abilities!) I earned a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition from Texas Tech University in 2008.


In addition to teaching at Texas Tech and Tarleton State University, I have taught English and yearbook in grades 7-12 at private, public, and public charter schools throughout Texas. I am especially passionate about curriculum and innovative instruction that incorporates 21st century technology to meet the needs of diverse learners. When not teaching, you can usually find me researching opportunities to increase student engagement and success.


I have been married to my husband, Bobby, for 27 years. My two oldest children, Jack (also in law enforcement), and Sydney (a grad student), are grown and out of the house. My youngest, Marg, is a junior in high school. In my free time I like to travel, attend major league baseball games (different stadium every year), and work on family genealogy.