If you want to know who I am, read my posts on education. That’s my passion–it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning, gives me energy throughout the day, connects me with other people. This will be my second year teaching upper school humanities at The Covenant Preparatory School in Kingwood, Texas, and my sixth year teaching English overall. My dark secret? I didn’t want to be a teacher. I instead considered editing or event planning or grant writing (which I dabbled in for several years). But thankfully, I stumbled into the teaching field and simultaneously found my calling.

After four years of teaching, I decided to go back to school myself to think more deeply about classical education and its implications. I found myself at Houston Baptist University working under an incredible faculty. I was able to pursue my own interests while studying there, which include the intersection of faith and learning, virtue and reading, and Great Books and pedagogy. All of that culminated in my thesis which offers a monastic approach to reading.

Here are some other things you might find interesting.

Places I’ve lived: The Texas Hill Country (18 years); Abilene, Texas (4 years); Oxford, England (5 months); Cincinnati, Ohio (3 years); Houston, Texas (2 years and counting)

Houston haunts: Tacos a GoGo, EQ Heights, Shepherd Park Draught House, Houston Academy of Dance, Pho Binh, El Tiempo, Wortham Theater Center, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church

Pastimes: hosting, classical ballet, reading Russian literature, road tripping around Texas, cards and dominoes, eating or cooking anything Tex-Mex.

Living authors who inspire me: Alan Jacobs, David Smith, Walter Brueggemann

Dead authors who inspire me: Flannery O’Connor, Mikhail Bakhtin, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Fyodor Dostoevsky, St. Augustine

What I’m up to now: Working at The Covenant Preparatory School in Kingwood, Texas, and living in Houston with my coffee-geek engineer husband, Will (see his latest project here!), and our catahoula puppy, Scout.



photo credit: Annie Ryan Photography