Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Southern Methodist University
Length of time teaching: 22 years
How do you envision helping students “Start Here. Go Anywhere.” at Holy Trinity?
“Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.” –Anonymous
Early childhood education lays the foundation and skills necessary for socialization, cooperation, concentration and the enthusiasm for lifelong learning. Instilling confidence, persistence and patience begins at Holy Trinity and in my classroom.
What is the most important life lesson you want a child to learn in your classroom?
Life lessons for children happen when they try a new activity or food for the first time without any fear. Creating an atmosphere of empathy and teamwork builds rapport within the classroom community thus allowing for those new experiences to occur.
What experiences or people have had the most influence on you?
Very early in my teaching career I had the fortunate experience of attending the week-long Dr. Becky Bailey’s Conscious Discipline Workshop. Implementing this program in my elementary and preschool classrooms took time and it eventually became a tool for my entire life. Knowing that Holy Trinity uses the same model in its classrooms provides a secure environment for students, teachers and parents. Research about the brain fascinates me, and it has allowed me to truly understand from a cognitive level how learning and the awareness of emotional states are connected.
What do you love about teaching?
My favorite teaching moment is when a child’s face lights up with an “I can do this” smile. Whether the student is struggling with a new concept or attempting a new activity, sharing in their success is why I love teaching.
What are some of your interests and passions outside of the classroom?
Traveling, cooking and hosting friends are at the top of my list of favorite things to do outside of the classroom. I double minored in art history and history at SMU, so I am most likely to be strolling through a museum or studying the architecture of a city on my vacations. My appreciation of cooking originates from being raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. On weekend afternoons as a young child, my grandfather would teach me French while I patiently stirred the roux for his jambalaya. Family food events are typically large social functions in Louisiana, so naturally I enjoy hosting friends.
What motivated you to become a teacher?
My high school senior world history teacher, Mrs. Delacroix, at St. Joseph’s Academy motivated me to choose my teaching profession. On the first day of school, she walked in and announced nonchalantly that she recommended daily studying, the textbook would not help if you miss class, do not trust a friend to take notes and never leave your notes unattended. At first, I felt fearful, but when my final grade was a 100% on essay tests, I realized I consciously chose my course of actions for studying and took responsibility for my grade. In college, my Cognitive and Developmental Psychology classes were the most captivating because it became apparent that I was mostly intrigued by how children think and grow in each stage of their brain development. While I completed my elementary education accreditation and finished college, the connection of empowerment and accountability came back full circle to Mrs. Delacroix, and that teaching was my professional calling.