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My Texas twang is foretelling as to where I grew up. However, as a young girl, my home away from home was a little seventeen foot Bambi Airstream. My adventuresome parents took my brother and me to all parts of America. Next door New Mexico was frequented often, and I fell in love with the Land of Enchantment at a very young age.


At twenty-three, I graduated from Texas Tech with a degree in Education and immediately began my teaching career. I also had two amazing boys, moved from Lubbock to Dallas, taught for nineteen years, and at one point was a full time sales representative for a jewelry company. Time flew by and my boys were off to college.


During this time, my husband and I had our baby girl. Soon after, he was offered a job in New Mexico. Since it was the place he was raised and I grew up loving, we made the move here. Our daughter was growing up fast, so I chose to take a sabbatical from teaching. Instead, I volunteered at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, served on nonprofits, fundraised at my daughter’s elementary school, tutored, and did some substitute teaching. Before I knew it, we were looking at middle school choices for the youngest. Lucky her, she got a “golden” lottery ticket to AIMS! Lucky me, I was hired a few months later at AIMS to teach History! We are both fortunate to be in an academic, positive atmosphere, where we continue to learn and grow.


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