I was born in Philadelphia and raised in Brookline, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston). I have been teaching since 1974, and I love working with middle school students! :-) My first eight teaching years were spent in Wisconsin, and when I moved to Texas with my husband, I taught at Hill Country Middle School ( West Ridge was not yet built!). I have been teaching at West Ridge since the school opened, working with the Gifted and Talented Program and teaching the Above and Beyond elective class. I also serve as the Eanes ISD district coordinator for the Destination Imagination International Creative Problem-Solving Organization, and sponsor for the Future City Engineering Program, Debate Club, Model UN, Elementary School Science Days, and the Student Stock Market Game. I also continue to serve as a Team Mentor for the youth organizing the annual TEDxYouth@Austin event each spring.
I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed graduate studies at both UW and also the University of Minnesota. I love to learn and take advantage of educational conferences and workshops here and abroad.
My hobbies include reading, cooking, collecting paperweights, and travel. I continue to lead students/families/community members on trips two or three times per year to a variety of international locations. We’ve been to Costa Rica, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Egypt, Jordan, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece, Turkey, Austria, Germany, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Russia as well as a variety of domestic locations. I have also personally traveled to Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Israel, Switzerland, Singapore, Qatar, UAE, and Japan.
My husband Stephen is a University of Texas professor (former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs) at the College of Communications. We have two wonderful sons. Aaron graduated from Rice University, completed post-grad fellowships in Cairo and Damascus, and completed his Master's Degree from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He and his wife Kate currently reside in Houston. They have twin three-year-old sons, James and Daniel. Our younger son Daniel graduated from Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Visual Communication, completed his Master's Degree at UT-Austin in Speech-Language Pathology, and is currently working as a speech pathologist at the Baylor Scott and White Hospital.
My contact information is listed below. Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail me if I can be of any assistance at any time!
512.732.9240 x 32924