The "Real" Me aka More Than You Really Wanted to Know
I grew up in a small town in central Texas. And when I say small, I mean SMALL. Less than 700 people...13 people in my graduating class...1 flashing red light and everything closes up by 8pm. I met my husband, a small town Arizona boy, while he was stationed in Fort Hood, Texas. After serving in Desert Storm, his time with the US Army was up, so we packed up and moved to the desert. I have since become a desert rat and love Arizona.
I have a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Reading Curriculum and Instruction. I'm also CLIP (Reading Recovery) trained and have an ESL endorsement. I've been a kindergarten or first grade teacher for over 15 years. Obviously making a lot of money has never been a priority of mine. One thing I am passionate about though is reading. Watching my students' eyes light up when they realize they can read the words on the page will always be high up on my the list of accomplishments that I'm most proud of.
When I'm not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family. Our family enjoys camping, hunting and fishing as often as we can, especially in the beautiful White Mountains of Arizona. Every spare moment I get is spent reading or writing...which drives my husband crazy. Our oldest daughter is in the US Air Force, my middle daughter is in nursing school and our youngest son is a lineman apprentice for an electric coop and I'm so proud of all of them. Our children are all grown up now (which also drives my husband crazy) but we recently discovered the joys of being grandparents to a beautiful little girl who has her Papa wrapped around her little finger. Yep. I like this grandma gig. A lot.
I guess you could say that I'm a contradiction. I am the most un-creative person in the world. I can't sew or decorate a house or come up with new dinner ideas, but give me a computer and some time and my mind goes into overdrive with stories. And speaking of dinner, I can't cook. But I can bake like nobody's business. Light, fluffy biscuits? Check. Pie crusts that melt in your mouth? Piece of cake. Oh...cake! I am a small town girl and hate crowds but I love adventure. Traipsing across New York City by myself? No problem. Traveling through Europe and staying in hostels? Sign me up.
The thrill of my life was traveling to Europe in 2012. I have a huge fear of airplanes, but my oldest daughter was stationed in Germany in the Air Force and I couldn't resist. So in 12 days we traveled to Ireland, Germany, Italy and England. It was rush, rush, rush but was the most amazing experience! Can you guess where my favorite place was?