2017-18 will be my 12th year teaching in Elkhart (20th altogether), and I'm blessed to work in such a great district! I am a mother of three sons, ages 24, 17 and 8, and one daughter, age 6. I also have a sweet little granddaughter. As a mom, an English teacher and the wife of Palestine's soccer/cross country coach, I stay extremely busy, but when I do have free time, I love to work on remodeling and crafting projects in my home and to read good books. Also, since my daughter received a National Geographic bird guide, we have gotten into "birding" and spent a lot of time with our faces glued to binoculars, which is so better than television! We've also gotten more interested in dinosaurs since our visit to Dinosaur Valley State Park this summer. It's amazing to see the fossilized prints in the riverbed.