This year marks my 19th year at Willis High School and I still love every minute of it. I grew up in Spring and attended McCullough High School in The Woodlands, graduating with honors in 1990. The next step in my journey took me to Sam Houston State University where, in 1994, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Art with certification to teach both. My next step took me to Austin where I worked for two years at The University of Texas. I soon decided it was time to begin my teaching career so, with an offer from Houston ISD, I began teaching 8th grade English at Sharpstown Middle School in 1996. I loved the multicultural student body which included students from all over the world, but I badly missed the cool beauty that can only be found in the trees north of Houston. Thus, in 1998 I accepted a job at Willis High School to teach English III and Art I, and my husband and I built ourselves a home in the National Forest on the northwest end of Lake Conroe. I love living in such a wild area; where birds of all kinds migrate through my yard; a tame deer sleeps in my backyard; an owl that I rescued, nursed back to health and released still visits and hoots at me on occasion; and I can be on the lake to watercolor the sunset in mere moments. I have now been teaching in the Fine Arts Department full time since 2001, and like I said, I love every minute of it.