My goal is to serve the students and staff of Tomball ISD by supporting the effective access, analysis and use of data to inform decision making and policy development.
I started teaching straight out of college in 1991. My first job was teaching English and Spanish in Japanese public high schools as part of the JET Programme through the Japanese Ministry of Education. I fell in love with education, methodology, curriculum, and assessment. Japanese students stay in the same classroom most of the day while their teachers rotate, instead of the other way around. So Japanese teachers have offices and they do a lot of discussion, shared lesson planning, peer review, and business together. It was that early experience that underlies my advocacy of the collaborative model which I instill into my work every day. When I returned to the USA, I started working as a teacher in an old fashioned high school. I didn't talk to another adult all day long unless it was passing in the office, halls or parking lot. It was difficult to see my work when I was always standing in the middle of it. There were no other colleagues around to help create an external vision or provide insight and observations. By the end of the 90's I was at a rather progressive middle school which had started bringing in collaborative models such as Critical Friends, and PLCs. I started to recapture the love I had for teaching when I was in Japan. I witnessed colleagues who had been drained of energy for years suddenly revitalize as our collaboration grew stronger and more relevant. In the early 2000's I moved into administration and was able to support that model more effectively for other teachers. My administrative work took me to a district office in 2006. Outside of the classroom I gained a lot of professional experience in student records, policy development and alignment, compliance, training methods, technology, data tools, publications, PEIMS coding, and school improvement.
I joined Tomball ISD in 2015. I feel so fortunate that I get to bring all of those experiences and skills to the amazing team I work with. I try my best to keep up with the exciting developments in the world of curriculum, instruction, assessment, and policy. My team inspires me and every chance I get to visit a school I take my time to soak in as much as I can so that I can always keep the faces of Tomball ISD students and staff in my mind as I do my daily work. My colleagues will tell you that my door is almost always open and if I am at my desk, I always answer my phone. I am pleased to be the Executive Director of Academics in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment where our goals are:
- Intentional Excellence
- Collective Responsibility
- Responsive Instruction