I taught elementary school in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for 18 years in the public school setting as well as 14 years in private day schools. I have a BA degree in Journalism and Sociology from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX. My teaching certification courses were completed at Texas Woman's University in Denton TX. I also have a M.Ed in Educational Administration with an emphasis on Reading...also from Texas Woman's University, Denton TX. My teaching certificates are in Elementary Reading (1-8), Elementary Self-Contained (1-8), Early Childhood Education (PK-KG), English as a Second Language (PK-8), and Principal (EC-12). This is my second career. I worked at newspapers for over seven years in Editorial and Retail Advertising. I absolutely loved my newspaper career, but found teaching to be intriguing after becoming involved in a "Newspaper in Education" program. I have taught grades PK through Fourth, but Kindergarten is my most favorite! They are unpredictable, funny, other words... they are usually just totally filled with joy! I do believe that we all need a lot more joy in our world today!!!