When I started teaching at the age of 24, it struck me as
strange that several of my students were barely younger than
me. I’m entering my fourth year of responsibility
for the adult transition program teaching students ages 18-22 with moderate to
severe disabilities in a suburban public high school in Texas. I’m also the special education department head for my
My program focuses on vocational, community, social, self-help,
and independent living skills instead of traditional academics. It’s truly
something I have become very passionate about, and I love the long term
difference that I can make in the lives of my students and their families!
In 2008, I graduated from Sam Houston State University with
a Bachelor’s of music in music therapy and then from Tarleton State University
in 2012 with a Master’s of Education in curriculum & instruction with an
emphasis in special education.
As a Board Certified Music Therapist (MT-BC), a field that
lends itself beautifully to the transition into special education, I worked in
hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living centers for several years. I
continue to provide in-home private music therapy sessions and adapted piano
lessons so that I can get my “music fix.”
I am very fond of Pentatonix, honey roasted peanuts, NCIS,
and chai tea. When I am not teaching, providing music therapy services, or
trying to eliminate my never ending pile of paperwork, you may find me running
my husband’s adult baseball team, playing guitar or piano, or enjoying the company
of my dogs – Winnie, Jessie, & Ducky!