I was born and raised in LaSalle County on a farm/ranch. My dad, a grandson of German immigrants, was a great inspiration to me and set an example of what a hard work ethic should look like. He often worked from dawn until dusk to provide a quality living for my family. He also taught us to appreciate and respect the natural world outdoors. Both of my parents encouraged us to always give 100% in any endeavor, especially in our academic studies. I followed my parents' example of working hard and graduated valedictorian from my high school class. I went on to graduate with honors from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of science degree in animal science. Later, I received my teacher certification and biology specialization from West Texas State University. My husband, Scott, is a Texas game warden here in Aransas County. My daughter Katrina graduated from RFHS in 2004 and graduated from TAMU in 2008 with a bachelor of science degree. She was accepted into the Coast Guard Officer's Academy in CT and became a pilot for them. She is currently stationed in Miami, Florida. She appeared in the first episode of "Coast Guard - Mission Critical" on The History Channel this summer.
I have been teaching science in Aransas County ISD for 27 years. I believe students learn best from a hands-on approach. Therefore, my classroom reflects this ideology with an abundance of tools and specimens for students to use.
I have extended science learning to the outdoors by setting up a variety of vegetable and wildflower gardens. We are able to maintain and add to these gardens with our aluminum can recycling program. If students bring in aluminum cans, they are allowed to babysit a lab pet. Funds from this program go into our gardens and our bird hatching program.
My mission as an educator is to instill a love and understanding of the world around us. Students learn best when they get to taste, touch, see, hear, and smell the scientific concepts I want them to learn. I try to always link the knowledge we are learning to each student's own life and make it applicable to them.
I LOVE the outdoors!! Birding, hunting, fishing, gardening, kayaking, biking, jogging, and raising poultry are my main hobbies. I cannot tolerate sedentary activities at all; I am always looking for new projects to set up that would be interesting to both me and all of my students while teaching them valuable life lessons at the same time.
Books and Links
Google Classroom code y56fntg
FLC science students are on Native American Seed web site!
Our campus won the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality's Environmental Excellence Awards in 2011 and our science programs were recognized in 2017. Click on this link to see our winning activities:
Our birding teams were filmed for the TPWD Great Texas Birding Classic at this link:
The biggest questions parents ask me are 1) how does our aluminum can recycling program work and 2) is there anything I need donated to our science lab program.
1) Any student at FLC can bring in aluminum (both cans and/or scrap metal) for us to recycle. We also accept other metals such as copper and brass for recycling too. The students will then be given a permission slip for parents to sign to allow them to babysit a lab pet. Pets include mice, gerbils, hamsters, a turtle, guinea pigs, and hedge hogs. During the month of May, the top 5 recyclers in each grade level are rewarded with a science field trip. Funds from this program support our gardening and animal care programs.
2) Our science program will always accept donations of flowering plants for our gardens, hoses, landscaping timbers or stones, litter for our cages, and food for our many animal species that call FLC home.