I’m the daughter of two public school educators. Both of my parents retired recently with careers that lasted over 40 years. I was raised with the understanding that education and educators are the front line in the fight for social justice. After graduating from UTSA with a BA in English, I joined the non-profit sector. Over the last 20 years I have become a well respected youth development professional and am considered collaborative and solution focused. I have worked for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas and San Antonio Youth Literacy. In my current role at Big Brother Big Sisters of South Texas I work adamantly to recruit volunteers, train and support families, and connect local companies with schools in order to match more students with caring adult role models.
“I am a proud public school parent and have three children in the district.”
I am a proud public school parent and have three children in the district. Our oldest is a Junior at Edison HS and part of the Health Careers Magnet Program. Our second child is in 8th grade at Young Men’s Leadership Academy and is hugely motivated by an excellent sports program. And our littlest one is in 1st grade at Lamar where she is learning and thriving in an environment that is committed to developing her Social Emotional skills. Seven years ago I met my one true love. We married and created the crazy, beautiful blended family that we are today. In addition to our 3 human children we have 3 dogs, 1 cat and 4 backyard chickens. We love spending time outdoors hiking and biking.
I have lived in District 6 for the last 7 years and this past year bought a home in the beautiful Los Angeles heights neighborhood. I am proud to be part of such a strong and thriving community that is committed to hard work and tradition. I’m an avid volunteer. I’ve been a Big Sister to Julisa for 8 years and can’t believe she will be 21 this year. I’ve also been a SAYL Reading Buddy working weekly with 2nd grade students reading below level.
In the last 20 years through my non-profit work I have stepped foot on every SAISD campus. This perspective of intimately knowing all of our schools has provided great insight and opportunity to understand what works and where we can get better.
Since March of 2017 I have served as the appointed school board member representing the SAISD District 6 community. Being on the SAISD Board has become the hardest volunteer job I’ve ever had. But I know I’ve been given this opportunity for a reason. I am grateful everyday that I get to represent and serve the students and families of our community and treat this position, this work, with the respect and dignity it deserves. I have spent countless hours learning about school board ethics, board policy, and working diligently to connect with the parents and students of my community.