Welcome to Environmental Science!
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I'm very excited to be here at Manvel High School inspiring students to be scientists and utilizing their critical thinking skills. I am married to an amazing husband who also teaches math and coaches football and track for Manvel High School. We have 4 beautiful kids.
This is my eighth year at MHS. Prior to becoming an educator, I worked in various roles for a local medical device company for 13 years which manufactures and markets a neurostimulator (similar to a pacemaker for the brain) used for the treatment of epilepsy and depression. My last role for this company was senior manager of the clinical and technical services department which provided global support for patients, physicians, and company representatives on current product and clinical trials. I was also very involved with the US (FDA) and international regulatory adverse event reporting and compliance.
Prior to my medical device experience, I was a microbiologist for a local water bottling company. It was a very fun lab (and hot) job where I wore overalls, carried tools, and wore work boots because I had to collect water samples throughout the plant including tank farms. Then I went back to the lab, tested water samples, and analyzed my results to ensure good water quality.
I was born in Chicago but I did most of my growing up in Duncanville, Texas, which is a Dallas suburb. I attended Duncanville High School and was involved in drill team. After high school, I went to Texas State University (Southwest Texas State at the time!) and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in biology and minor in chemistry. Although I graduated with a general biology degree, I did extensive studies in aquatic science including UT Port Aransas through Texas State and a field studies program in Hawaii. My students have often asked me why I became a teacher. My answer is that I've always had a passion for life sciences. It's so amazing to make a difference in students' lives just as my own high school teachers inspired me. I want to do the same!