Samford University (Mass Communications)
Education has been part of my life from my beginning. My mother was a teacher, and I was proud of the way I saw her change the lives of her students. However, I did not set out to be a teacher. My interests were in marine sciences, the environment, and journalism.
After graduating from Samford University with a bachelor's degree in mass communications, I proceeded to work as a news copy editor and page designer for 26 years. During that time, I also earned an associate's degree in culinary arts at Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, which led me to Houston to work for the Houston Chronicle in its Food section.
When I left the journalism field in 2009, I worked a part-time job in a church office while I studied to get my Texas Master Naturalist certification, which makes me a full-fledged tree-hugger who is dedicated to teaching about the environment to young and old.
My children were still young at this point, so I pursued a job as substitute teacher so I could spend more time with my children on their time off from school. Within my first year as a sub, I was asked to apply for an opening as a full-time Family & Consumer Sciences teacher, and got the job. I worked hard to get my teaching certification, as well as a certification teaching Family and Consumer Sciences. I have enjoyed working with high-schoolers in my content area, but I especially enjoy working with students one-on-one who need extra help on a topic.
Having spent 26 years correcting the grammar and word usage of adults writing news articles, and training new editors to improve their craft, I am amply qualified to teach all areas of English and grammar. While a journalist at the Houston Chronicle, I also taught news writing as an adjunct professor at University of Houston, main campus. This experience gives me experience teaching young people how to put their thoughts into words that will make a coherent story. Reading is one of my passions, and helping people who struggle with reading brings out my compassion. While my children were preschoolers at a Montessori school in downtown Houston, I would volunteer to help read with the 5- and 6-year-olds. I derived so much joy from helping the children learn to read. I loved the excitement on their faces when they recognized the letters and sounds and formed a new word.
Studying the Bible is another of my pastimes. My father was a preacher and brought me up reading and comprehending the lessons in the Bible. I have studied the Bible since I was 9 (some 45 years), and feel amply qualified to help others understand the Good Book, as well. I have personally used several translations, and enjoy comparing the translations to derive the full meaning from the text.
If you are struggling with reading, writing, grammar, proofreading or understanding the Bible, or you are interested in expanding your knowledge of environmental issues, or Family & Consumer Sciences, I would be honored if you contacted me to help you reach and exceed your goals. I look forward to working with you to help you be successful in whatever your endeavors may be. Education has been part of my life from my beginning. My mother was a teacher, and I was proud of the way I saw her change the lives of her students. However, I did not set out to be a teacher. My interests were in marine sciences, the environment, and journalism.
After graduating from Samford University with a bachelor's degree in mass