Welcome to fifth grade! I am so pleased that we will be working together! You and I will be embarking on an incredible academic journey together this year. This year marks my twenty-third year of teaching and my twelth year as a Ford Mustang. In addition to being your teacher, I am happily married to my husband, Mark and am the proud mother of three sweet kids. Our oldest, Kiersten, graduated from Texas Tech and is married to her fabulous husband Sam Jones; our middle child, Brock, is at Texas Tech; finally the youngest, Ella, will be at Benold as a 8th grader. We live in Georgetown, and we enjoy the time we spend together with our family and friends. Of course, my students and coworkers also hold a place in my heart, and with your help this year, I know we will become like family as we build a respectful, challenging, and comfortable learning environment for all! So strap on your backpack, put on your thinking cap, and let the journey begin! Get ready to SHINE!