About teach from the heart


I am a veteran educator who looks forward to the beginning of this school year (#31) as much as I did the first year. I love what I do, and I can’t imagine working in any field other than education.

As a parent, I have watched the child development and reading readiness from my coursework unfold before my eyes, and I believe I am a better parent because I teach and a better teacher because I am a parent.

I believe that learning is just as important for me as it is for my students and children, and that is why I continue to take graduate classes and pursue other professional development opportunities.

I earned my BA in Elementary Education from the University of Dallas, my Masters in Education (Reading) from the University of Texas at Arlington, and PhD in Curriculum and Instruction Leadership from Marian University in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. I am also a National Board Certified Teacher.

I am currently a district curriculum director, a great fit for the road I have traveled as an educator.

9 thoughts on “About teach from the heart”

  1. Dr Stanly said:

    In olden times they say a teacher is like a ladder, who mentors students to a higher level of career, whereas the teacher stays put.

    But nowadays teachers are elevators, may be transatlantic flights and even spacecrafts…

    Appreciate your thoughts and expressions

  2. I find your blogs really interesting. Like to read more of your blogs.

  3. Hooray for teachers. In our day and age you get only token credit for the unbelievable job you do. And much of the blame. Thank you for the generous, wonderful job you perform. I look back on some of the teachers I had and I am just in awe of what they did. It’s been decades now. I still remember some of their names. Mrs. Hennis, Mrs. Duke, Mr. Hickman, Mr. Norton. Amazing the legacy they left in the lives of their students.

  4. Thank you for your wonderful insight. It’s teachers like you that have inspired me to become a teacher. I can only imagine how proud you must be of S and C. Keep up the excellent work, and blog to your heart’s content. It’s a wonderful read.

  5. Hi there! Just came across your blog and I love what I’ve read so far! It sounds to me like you are a wonderful teacher and parent and I think you are right–teaching makes you a better parent and vice versa. I worked as a toddler teacher for about six years before I had my two and it helped prepare me so much! I really look forward to reading more from you! Thanks for all you do!

  6. Jen,
    I built an ELA gaming vehicle with the focus on teamwork, discussion and defense of answers to textually complex questions because of Accelerated Reader, The Electronic Bookshelf which later became Reading Counts and leveling.

    I have the same passion for reading that my dad lit within me by connecting me with baseball books at a very young age. That was his approach to leveling. Find out what the kid is interested in and then put books, magazines, newspapers, etc., in front of him/her related to that interest.

    I was reading The Sporting News and Sports Illustrated at a very young age as a result. I co-founded Follett Software Company decades ago with my friend, Chuck Follett to allow librarians more of chance to spend increased time with students making the connections my dad made with me.

    If there is a way to speak with you or email you, it would be my honor. Please let me know.

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