I am a native Texan from Dallas. I grew up in the beautiful and quaint town of Nocona and graduated from Southlake Carroll High School. I received a B.A. of Elementary Education with a specialty in English from the University of Dallas. I also hold a Master’s Degree in teaching with a specialty in leadership. Since 1989, I have taught in Catholic schools in the Archdioceses of Dallas and Galveston/Houston. I am extremely grateful God led me to Saint Theresa Catholic School in 2011. It is a blessing to work with such fine families and outstanding colleagues.
What makes Saint Theresa’s unique is what I value the most. The diversity of our student body and faculty enriches our school’s Catholic identity. Our classical Catholic curriculum allows students the opportunity to experience the benefits of a liberal arts education at an early age. Our socratic pedagogy enables our students to value learning by listening and retelling. Our focus on virtues, character building, and interpersonal skills guides our students to be models of Christ-like behavior.
I am passionate about Catholic education because it is my true vocation, and my three daughters attended Catholic schools beginning in preschool and continued through 12th grade. I understand the financial sacrifice it takes to obtain a Catholic education, yet it is the best investment my husband and I have ever made. I know I am not the only parent who feels this way, because a few years ago, three girls, siblings, enrolled at Saint Theresa, and their parents attended the Fall parent and teacher conference night. As those parents were exiting the school, I thanked them for coming and asked how the girls were doing and so forth. Without hesitation, they stated at the same time, “This is the best investment we have ever made”. They were so exuberant with joy, and I hugged them and thanked them for choosing Saint Theresa Catholic School. I told those parents we are striving to do the work of the Lord.
Saint Pope Saint John Paul II is an inspiration and intercessor for me. I stood three feet away from him in 1986 as he walked by and blessed the students from the University of Dallas. I have always reflected upon him as the grandfather to the world. He certainly modeled the work of the Lord, and he had a great message for our youth:
“Only in Christ can men and women find answers to the ultimate questions that trouble them. Only in Christ can they fully understand their dignity as persons created and loved by God. Jesus Christ is ‘the only Son from the Father…full of grace and truth’.”
—John Paul II. World Youth Day, 1993. Denver, Colorado