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I was awarded the honor of being named the Teacher of the Year for Castro in May 2016. I was awarded the honor of being named Elementary Teacher of the Year for the whole Mission CISD in May 2016. I have been in education for 18 years. Before I became a teacher here at Joaquin Castro Elementary, I worked for Mission CISD as a permanent sub at different schools. This year is start of my 14th year as a teacher. I have done all of my teaching at Joaquin Castro Elementary. During my 15 years of teaching, I have taught 1st grade for 13 years and 2 years in Second.

I have been involved in different after school club activities with students of all grade levels. For the 2017-2018, I  have the honor of co-managing our 2 DI teams.   I have been a DI Judge , a UIL Math coach for grade 2nd -5th and a spelling coach for 2nd and 3rd grade. I hold a BA is History and am certified as a EC-4 Bilingual Education teacher. I have earned two masters in the areas of Counseling and Educational Administration. I am currently working on getting my Masters In Bilingual Education. To me education is very important and the only way that I can teach my students that is to show them that people should never stop learning. There is always something new to learn.

I have been married for 15 year. My husband is a professor at UTRGV formerly known as UTPA for the same amount of time that I have been teaching in the public school system. My family is very big on education, My sister and her husband are both teachers, my sister-in-law also works at Mission CISD as well as my father - in- law, he currently works at Mission CISD central office.
I have had the honor to represent my campus in district level meeting during my tenure as a teacher at Castro. I have been part of the DEIC committee, I have been part of the core RTI team at the campus.