I was born in Dallas and raised in Mesquite, TX, a little city known for its rodeo. In 2008, I made the leap to Houston to start a family and explore its teaching opportunities. I still remember the phone call that changed my life. I was going to be a teacher. I taught theatre for 5 years at Austin High School and moved to Fort Settlement in 2014. I'm so glad to have been a part of the Austin family and to currently be a part of the wonderful community at the Fort. As the popularity of theatre in Fort Bend grew, so did the need for theatre opportunities outside of the school year. Thus, theatre summer camp was established and I have had the privilege to head up the camp since the summer of 2012.
Theatre is my passion. It can be used as a catalyst for understanding a great many things, both in core subjects and the world outside of school. Seeing Beauty and the Beast at Fair Park Music Hall with my mom in 7th grade sparked my interest in theatre, but it was getting cast as a chef in Cinderella that sealed my fate as a life-long theatre enthusiast. After high school, I attended Sam Houston State University and received my B.F.A. in Musical Theatre in 2006. Following graduation I spent some time in business, working first as a receptionist and then as a customer service representative. Theatre was ever-present. By day, I would work and by night, I would perform. When I first considered combining my passion with teaching, I was inspired. I love working with students and seeing the discoveries they make each day.
In addition to teaching, I love being a wife and mom. My husband teaches theatre at Travis High School and we have two beautiful little girls, Avalynne and Eleanor. We also have two crazy dogs who keep us busy at home, Juju and Teddy. I enjoy going to see plays at The Alley, Miller Outdoor Theatre, TUTS, and anywhere I can.
I'm looking forward to another great year!