I have been at Clements High School since August 1995. I have taught German I-IV all that time with the exception of the 2008-2009 school year, when I taught only German IV and coordinated the Global Languages Academy. (It's now the Global Studies Academy and it has moved to Travis High School.) In my first few years at Clements, I also taught some math classes. Before coming to Clements, I taught reading for two years at Cullen Middle School in Houston ISD.
I grew up in the small town of Cameron, Texas, and graduated from Yoe High School. In addition to my majors, English and history, I began learning German at Rice University and spent a semester abroad at the University of Heidelberg in Germany. A year of law school at the University of Texas made it clear that law was not the right profession for me. From there, I followed my heart into teaching.
I sponsor the German Club, the German NHS, the German American Partnership Program (“GAPP,” our exchange with a partner school in Cologne, Germany), and the Student Council. I am also the director of the German contest Houstonfest and a vice-president of the Houston chapter of the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG).
In 2000 I was named the Texas High School German Teacher of the Year by the Texas Foreign Language Association, and I was the Clements Teacher of the Year for 2004-05. I received the German Embassy Teacher of Excellence Award in 2013.
In my free time, I like to travel, garden, attend performing-arts events (symphony, opera, choir, theater), watch movies, and follow sports (especially professional tennis and our hometown Astros, Rockets, and Texans). I also have an interest in genealogy - I’m completely of German descent.
I am single. I have two brothers, two nieces, and two nephews who live in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.