About Your Professor

 

I am a native of Dallas and currently live in McKinney with my husband, Dusty, who is a homebuilder. I have one daughter, Shelly, who is a Special Education Teacher in Granbury, Texas and three beautiful grandchildren, Chase, Chandler, and Abbie.

 

I love the ocean, the mountains, and enjoy being outdoors. My favorite vacations include trips to the Hawaiian Islands, Destin, Florida, and the Dominican Republic. My hobbies include decorating, reading, horseback riding, swimming and attending my two grandsons’ baseball games and my granddaughter’s gymnastics events. I love to write and have published a novel entitled In Love & Light.

 

I am passionate about teaching and have taught at Collin since 1998, first as an associate faculty member and now as full time faculty. In 2002 – 2003, I was a co-facilitator for the inaugural class of the Student Leadership Academy. Currently, I teach Communication Studies courses, both on-site and blended. I also have served as the department chair for Speech Communication and Foreign Language.

 

I love being involved at the college as an elected member of All College Council and as the liaison for All College Council and Faculty Council. I’m also serving on the Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Research Committee. I have co-produced six Reader’s Theater productions to raise awareness about key social, political, and social issues. I am proud to be one of the founding members of the Women’s Alliance, an organization that raises scholarship money for Collin students. Currently, I am a co-advisor for a Collin student organization, UniteWomen.Org which focuses on stopping violence against women and am passionate about creating awareness and action to foster equitable treatment of women.

 

Prior to joining the faculty at Collin College, I taught at several area community colleges, was a corporate consultant for business and professional organizations, a political consultant, and was in private practice as a Clinical Hypnotherapist. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies. My post-graduate work focused on Communication and Counseling. I have been nominated six times for inclusion in Who’s Who Amongst America’s Teachers, two times for Who’s Who In America, have had two student scholarships awarded in my name at Collin and received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Collin College Sigma Alpha Pi Chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.  

 

I am a strong supporter of volunteerism and have volunteered at Children’s Medical Center and for the Special Olympics. I have been involved in charitable drives at the college for Hope’s Door, Operation Once in a Lifetime, Meals on Wheels, Operation Esperanza, and Collin Scholarships.