Bonham High School
Texas A&M University-Commerce-May 1997
Texas A&M University-Commerce-December 2011
This is my seventh year as a Special Education/Life Skills’ teacher on the I.W. Evans’ Campus. I consider myself especially blessed for the priviledge I’ve been given to teach and interact with such a wonderful group of students and coworkers.
My classroom is oftentimes referred to as: “TRAILS.” TRAILS stands for Teaching Real Life Academics and Independent Living Skills.
Through real-life applications in our classroom, our students learn many new things that will help them become successful citizens. We work hard to build our academic and social skills as well as life skills; all with a huge emphasis on character-building. We have delved into the amazing world of canine and equine therapy in the classroom, we play, learn and explore on field trips to The Dallas Zoo, The Christmas Tree Farm, The Pumpkin Patch and Science-Ag Day and last but not least, we make new friendships and countless memories.
Our Life Skills’ Program focuses on everyday skills for Special Education Students: personal/social skills, hygiene, independent life skills such as cooking and clothing care, work competencies, and functional academics. These skills are essential for Special Education students to learn because they provide the basis for and facilitate transition from school to life in the "real world.” Special education students learn things better when they are not confined to sitting behind a desk or staying in one spot, learning life skills are best done "by doing"; "We learn by doing."
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When I’m not having a blast teaching and learning with my young friends in Life Skills, I’m helping to cultivate a love for all things robotics in a Robotics 2 after~school enrichment program. Also, I help nurture a curiosity for strategies and techniques to manage daily activities in an after~school enrichment class called Life Hacks. I enjoy serving as an instructor to students as they discover simple and cleverly delicious ways to make learning in life fun and interesting.
Furthermore, I enjoy coaching the 5th and 6th Grade UIL Listening Skills’ Teams on the Evans’ Campus! I thoroughly appreciate the opportunity I’ve been given to help prepare students for contests that provide healthy, character building opportunities all the while promoting academic excellence.
I am one blessed momma to three wonderful children. My son, Luke, is a 2018 Bonhi Graduate, my daughter, Maggie, is a Senior at Bonham High School and my daughter, Carrie, is an eighth grader on the L.H. Rather Jr. High Campus.
I enjoy spending time with my children and being an active role in their lives; I enjoy helping them plan adventures and accomplish dreams!