I am a 1981 graduate of Bonham High School. I was involved in band, choir, Student Council, Junior Historians, Drama, and the Leo Club. I graduated from Grayson County College in 1983. I was a member of the show choir, concert choir, and the jazz band and Alpha Chi, the academic honor society. In 1989, I graduated from Hardin Simmons University. I participated in the concert choir and the HSU chorale, and was accompanist for various voice students. I was a member of the fine arts academic honor society also.
I have an Associate of Arts degree in Music, and a Bachelor of Music degree with a Music Education certification. My emphasis has been on choral music. I am also certified to teach in the general education classroom for grades prek – 4th.
I have been a member of Texas Music Educators Association for 23 years and have attended their conferences for several years. Much of my training and in service in my subject area has come from attending the conferences. I have also attended regional workshops on teaching Orff and other methods of instrumental music. Music is a subject that is cross curricular and I integrate other core subjects into my lessons.
I started teaching at Finley Oates in 2002, and I am the music teacher. I see each student K through 3rd grade for 30 minutes each week. Prior to teaching at FO, I was at Bailey Inglish for 5 years teaching grades 3-4, and IW Evans, teaching grades 3-5. This will be my 24rd year of teaching. In addition to teaching music, I also assist with intervention in the regular classroom and tutor individual students. I am the UIL coordinator for our campus and coach our Music Memory team. I am the accompanist for our district choirs.
I started my teaching career in 1996 with Bonham ISD, and have been here ever since. Before starting my teaching career, I worked for the Department of Human Services as an Income Assistance case worker. I was always involved with youth and children in church, and enjoyed working with them in VBS and on mission trips. I love bringing music and children together.
I am a single mom to 3 terrific adult children; Jordan, Jenna, and Jared. I have twin grandsons, Kayson and Grayson. I have a fur baby at home named Abby. She keeps me company. I have a new granddaughter, Madison, that is the prettiest baby you have ever seen!
In addition to my teaching duties, I am praise team leader/pianist/organist at my church, First Presbyterian Church. I also have a few piano students. My family gathers every Sunday night for dinner at my Mom’s house and we enjoy playing Skipbo or Chickenfoot after dinner.