Hello. 2017-18 is my 13th year as a bonafide teacher, and I feel so fortunate to have found the career I love. I started my teaching career as a teacher’s aide in a special education classroom in 1996 helping students with reading disabilities improve their reading skills. When the teacher I worked with for 4 years, who, incidentally, is one of the best teachers I’ve ever known, retired, encouraged me to go to college. I enrolled at Texas A & M University – Commerce in 2004, and that’s where I truly found myself and found my passion – literature and linguistics. I substituted the whole 4 years I was in college and was able to hone in on my favorite grade levels – 8th and 9th grades! And, since I am a bit on the quirky side, these quirky “little” people I teach are right up my alley!