"I've come to the frightening conclusion that I am the decisive element in the classroom. It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather. As a teacher, I possess a tremendous power to make a person's life miserable or joyous. I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration. I can humiliate or humor. hurt or heal. In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a person humanized or demonized."

                                                                     -- Haim Ginott

dcI was born and raised in Iowa, attended Luther College and received double degrees in Journalism and Home Economics from Iowa State University. Pursuant to being employed as an office manager and a legal secretary in El Paso.

I was hired by EPISD to teach Family and Consumer Science (Child Development, Parenting, Lifetime Wellness and Nutrition, Food Science and Interior Design). Austin, School-Age Parent Center and Burges have been stops on my teaching journey. I have been teaching for fifteen years and  blessed to be a part of the Burges team.

I personally don't feel that I am a "teacher". My biggest hope is that my classroom provides an environment that encourages BHS students to THINK and become life-long learners -- hopefully making better nutritional choices and having fun in the kitchen (home chemistry lab) along the way.