After graduating from the University of Houston with a degree in journalism, I began my career as a writer in public relations with ARA Living Centers (a long-term health career corporation). I later worked for the Internal Revenue Service in the Office Audit and Appeals Departments. However, I was not satisfied with my direction. Something was missing. I learned about a new teaching program, the Alternative Certification Program in Houston Independent School District. I was accepted into the program in 1989. Deciding to become a teacher has been one of the best decisions I made.
I started my teaching career at Atherton Elementary in HISD. I taught third and fourth grades for eight years at Atherton. I joined Aldine ISD in 1997 to teach at Oleson Elementary as a Math Specialist. The next year I was assigned to be a Lead Teacher and Reading Specialist in fourth grade. I received a masters degree from the University of Houston in Educational Leadership and Administration in 1999. The same year I was appointed as Assistant Principal at Oleson. I served in this capacity for five years until being named Principal at Magrill Elementary in 2004. In the fall of 2008, I became the Principal at A.W. Jones Elementary the first year the school opened. Each year has been different yet always rewarding. I have seen students enter the doors with a look of anticipation and leave in four years with so many expectations for their future. I truly enjoy watching our students soar like eagles each day.
I spend my leisure time with my husband, three children, and one granddaughter.
I am extremely excited to join the wonderful staff here at A.W. Jones Elementary for the 20017/2018 school year. I’ve been a part of Aldine Family for 17 years. I’ve had the privilege of serving on 3 campuses (Oleson, Conley and Spence Elementary) in the roles of classroom teacher, language arts skills specialist and assistant principal.
I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism Public Relations with a Minor in Communications in 2000 and my Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2010 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.
I have a passion for motivating and inspiring students to be the best that they can despite of where they come from or the challenges they may face. I believe in setting high academic and behavioral expectations for all students. As an educator, it is my responsibility to foster an environment in which students believe they can learn through the development of positive teacher-student relationships.
Here at A.W. Jones I’m committed to building and maintaining a positive climate in which all students and staff feel valued, supported and appreciated. I look forward to fulfilling my role in the capacity of servant-leader to all stakeholders.
“The highest of distinctions is service to others.” –King George VI
Welcome to the start of a new school year! I am honored to serve you in the Assistant Principal role and look forward to my work with Mrs. Fontenot and Ms. Charles, as well as the rest of our staff, in our efforts to do whatever it takes to advance the achievement of all students on our campus. It has been apparent to me from day one that this is a caring and welcoming environment. Working together, I am confident that we will continue to provide our scholars with a truly rigorous and enriching school experience. A. W. Jones Elementary is a special and unique community of which I am proud to be a part of.
Before becoming an Assistant Principal, I have been privileged to have spent several wonderful years as an educator working with students in Aldine Independent School District. I have served as a First and Fourth Grade Teacher, After-School Coordinator, Testing Coordinator, Dyslexia Specialist, and Writing Skills Specialist. The last two years, I served as an Assistant Principal at Magrill Elementary prior to joining the Jones Elementary family.
The elementary school years are important and critical times for students. What happens during these years will have a lasting impression on their growth and development. My goal as Assistant Principal is to provide the leadership that will facilitate a school environment that is safe and respectable, in order for your child to receive the best possible academic instruction. I am confident that our school will continue to be a place where our scholars can learn and grow both academically and socially.
Feel free to stop in and say hello, as my door is always open. If there is anything I can assist you with, please let me know.