Hello, parents and students--and welcome to another great year at CRCA! It's going to be different for sure as we all deal with the uncertanties of the pandemic, but together we can make it work.
I'm excited to be starting my fourth year here teaching Social Studies Research Methods (SSRM), US History and this year, a new class-- Ethnic Studies (yay!). I also teach the HIST 1301 and 1302 sections at ACC Elgin. I am the teacher sponsor for the CRCA Drama Club, the CRCA GSA, the CRCA Young Democrats and our after-school action civics club, Speak Up! Speak Out! (SUSO). And I am a member of the national teacher leadership board for Generation Citizen (the action civics program that all of our 9th graders participate in during their spring semester).
I have a wide range of teaching experience. I started off in the early 1990s teaching Elementary Special Education in Central Texas, then moved to Taiwan where I taught English to K-12 students. More recently I taught history courses at UT Austin and Southwestern University. I have a Masters and a PhD in History from UT Austin and am certified in Generic Special Education K-12 and History 7-12. I am also thrilled and honored to have been selected as the 2019 Bastrop ISD Secondary Teacher of the Year and the 2020 Region 13 Secondary Teacher of the Year and to be a recipient of the 2020 Outstanding Teaching of the Humanities Award from Humanities Texas.
I love teaching Social Studies. My goal is to help students to connect personally with the material and also for them to see the world from others’ points of view, while helping them find the tools they need to learn and understand the subjects. I hope for them to become active, empowered and responsible citizens; to develop critical thinking and writing skills -- and to have fun!
I'm a sixth-generation Texan and live in a 109-year-old house in East Austin with my husband, two of our three children (the oldest is off to college this year!), our dog and our cat.
I hold tutorials Monday and Wednesday from 4:15 to 6:00pm, Monday-Thursday 7:45-8:40am and by appointment.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org (best way to reach me) and my classroom phone number is 512-772-7230.
Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions or concerns.