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I've been a practicing educator for over 23 years now. My first teaching job was for San Marcos Martial Arts in 1986. I began teaching beginner Taekwondo classes after I earned my black belt. I realized that teaching was something that I could do well when my dad, then Dean of the College of Education at Texas State University-San Marcos (at the time Southwest Texas) became a student of mine and succeeded. I realized if I could teach the teacher of the teachers' teachers, then I was on the right path.

Besides my dad being in education, my mom had been a teacher and my grandpa had been, too. We may never be able to decide that nature v. nurture debate, but I had a lot of each. After a long career teaching Taekwondo, I earned Texas State Teacher Certification for 1st-8th grade Elementary Education, PreK-12th grade Special Education, PreK-12th grade Gifted and Talented Education, and PreK-12th grade Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic Education. I also earned a Master of Education Degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English and a Masters of Education Degree with a minor in Gifted and Talented Education. In addition, I have a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.

I taught for several years in Seguin ISD and in Round Rock ISD. Currently I work for Texas State University-San Marcos at THE WRITING CENTER (where words work) and continue to pursue research in the field of education. I've presented my research at several conferences and teacher learning fairs. Topics I care about and have made interesting finds on include: behavior management for girls compared to boys, lesson frameworks in elementary classrooms, the use of children's literature in the field of behavior management, and special techniques for improving the learning of English language learners.

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Professional Educator San Marcos, TX
Writing San Marcos, TX
My Skills

Professional Educator

Category: Education
Description
Certified in multiple fields, I prefer to assist parents and teachers to better educate their students. I have strengths in working with students with exceptionalities. Also, I have extensive background in proofreading and editing professional documents.
Relevant Education / Credentials
BA in English, Rice University MEd Elementary Education, Texas State MEd Special Education, Texas State Certification in SED through the Autism and Emtional Disturbance Project of Texas MFA in Creative Writing, Texas State Currently Pursuing PhD in Education
Years Experience: 23

Writing

Category: Art / Creative
Description
I write original works and work behind the scenes to shape stories for others.
Relevant Education / Credentials
MFA Creative Writing, Texas State
Years Experience: 28