I was raised and lived in El Paso, until I graduated from New Mexico State University with a degree in Elementary Education. After graduating, I was offered a first grade teaching position at an elementary school in Arvada, CO. I decided to call Colorado my home for the next 8 years. Shortly before the birth of my daughter, I completed my Master degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley College. The birth of my daughter was a turning point in my life. I made the decision that it was in her best interest for me to become a stay-at-home mom before being able to completely utilize the wealth of knowledge I had earned with my new degree in the classroom.
I eventually made my way back to El Paso and made the decision to go back to work. Because I had a child of my own, I wanted to be the kind of teacher that I wanted for my daughter. I realized for the first time, that teaching was a privilege, and that I had the opportunity to make a difference in a child's life. I was hired with EPISD and had the good fortune of getting a first grade position at Lindbergh Elementary. I remember walking into the school and feeling like I was home. That first year I had the pleasure of working with an outstanding person and principal, Mitzi Bond. On February 27, 2002, my daughter's birthday, Mitzi Bond was killed in a car accident. The devastating tragedy further united the family we had at school. Later that year, Lindbergh Elementary was renamed Mitzi Bond Elementary.
This is my now 15th year at Mitzi Bond. I have taught first, fourth, and now third grade, all of which are filled with great students, parents, and memories I will never forget!