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Hi There Fabulous Students & Parents!
I am very excited to be working with you as we explore the field of law and public safety. I have been teaching Criminal Justice courses for ten years and have been a teacher for a total of 12. I have my undergraduate degree in both English and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University here in Texas. I am currently enrolled in Walden University’s online master’s program obtaining a degree in Forensic Psychology. I am also a licensed private investigator and process server. Besides working in the classroom as a high school teacher, I also work for part-time (evenings and weekends) for an online accredited public school where I teach six different law courses.
In between all my work, I somehow find the time for my family and a few close friends. I have a very supportive husband and beautiful children who make my life fun! Life is never dull at my house to say the least with all of them being in different activities (from softball, tball, football, karate, cheer, band, theater, cross-country, dance, and volleyball)and having different personalities.
I was born and raised in Texas, which is the best state of them all :-) Some of my favorites include: Texas Longhorns (Hook 'Em!); milk chocolate (twix); pizza; coke, warm weather over cold weather (I make sure my room is always nice and warm with my many little heaters I put around the room); TX Rangers; Crime Shows (Forensic Files is my favorite); Torchy's Tacos; going to garage sales (especially community ones); and of course, the only thing I have ever been addicted to, and that is Sonic ice (after having three different episodes of kidney stones (two needing surgery) all in one year last year (never had any before then) and given the fact I hate water, I found another way to get my daily water intake (I can empty a big bag from Sonic (by myself) in two days :-)
I am looking forward to having a successful year with each and everyone of you and am here to help or answer any questions you may have. My job in teaching this course is to lay the foundation and teach students the basic fundamental skills in the legal profession so students will be prepared for future upper-level law courses as well as entering the profession after graduatoin, whether it be in law enforcement or the courtroom. This class is unique from other core classes because many of the topics that will be discussed over the year, come from television (the news) or even social media regarding current issues related to crime and the US Criminal Justice System; therefore, students will engage in interesting debates with their peers, discuss video clips and movies that relate to the current unit, hear from a variety of guest speakers who are professionals in this field but all work in different sectors of it, and at times, get to participate in field trips that bring valuable hands-on experience that is often not available in the classroom.
I am excited for the 2019-2020 year together and will work with you throughout the year to provide support, feedback, and encouragement to help you do your best in my class and on your work. Please don't hesitate to reach out at any time; I'm just an email, message, or phone call away!