How long have you been a teacher? Since I began playing "school' as a little girl. I was always the teacher and I used to make my friends be the students! But really I have been teaching Secondary Math for 13 years. I began teaching at San Juan College in Farmington, NM as an Adjunct Instructor where I taught Math 095, Math 096, and Math 115. Then I taught at Tse Bit Ai
Middle School in Shiprock, NM where I taught 8th Grade Algebra I and Pre-Algebra. Now I feel very fortunate to have taught Algebra I, Geometry, and PreCalc here at Piedra Vista for the past 8 years and I am loving it!
Why did you become a teacher? My mother inspired me to become a teacher and she is the reason behind why I am doing what I truly love. My mother taught for 30+ years in Arizona and New Mexico and I inherited many of my abilities from her. She earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM and her Master's degree from Northern Arizona
University from Flagstaff, AZ. My father earned his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Drafting from San Juan College. He's a jack of all trades...he's done everything from carpentry and construction work, he's explored the world of politics when he was a coordinator for Two Grey Hills Chapter House, he was even a substitute teacher, and most importantly he served in the United States Army (proud daughter here)! From him, I get my ability to be flexible, hard working, and I can multi-task!
Do you have any siblings? I have 3 OLDER brothers who are the inspiration behind my insanity. They are the reason why when I was growing up it was hard to have guys as friends, to be a "girly girl", and ironically, the reason why I can't cook! But they are also the reasons why I can drive a standard truck, why I'm spoiled, why I'm easy to talk to, and why I strived to be good in sports. Best of all, they gave me 3 sister-in-laws and 9 neices and nephews!
What's your favorite subject? My favorite subject in school was always Math, although I enjoyed Science and Band just as much. My favorite classes in school were calculus, chemistry, and English.
What's your favorite sport? I love all types of sports and I began playing softball and basketball in elementary school and then began playing volleyball in middle school. In high school I did everything from tennis to polocrosse to cross country/track to horseback riding. Though I liked participating in most sports, I excelled most in basketball and volleyball (but I am by far NOT an all star athlete!). Believe it or not I even played one year of basketball in college (as short as I am!).
Where did you go to school? I spent 2 years of high school at Navajo Preparatory School and then I graduated from Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs, CO. I received my Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from Union College in Schenectady, NY. I know...NEW YORK...EPIC! COLLEGE WAS ONE OF THE BEST TIMES IN MY LIFE...SO GO TO COLLEGE!!!!! *SCREAM* I also received my Master's of Education in Secondary Education from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.
Are you from New Mexico? Actually, I was born in Ft. Definace, AZ and I grew up in Window Rock, AZ. I lived in Two Grey Hills, NM with my parents in middle school and then after living in Colorado Springs, New York and Flagstaff, I moved to Farmington in 2004.
Are you married? Yup! I met my husband, Alex Jr., when I was a senior in college. He is from Casamero Lake, NM and he comes from a huge family...he's got 5 bothers and 2 sisters so I have lots of brothers and sisters now! We have a beautiful, creative, intelligent teenager, Alexis (aka Lexii). We also have two handsome, imagitive, precious twin boys, Alex III and Sterling (aka Cheecho and Stewy). Alex is 18 minutes older than Sterling and they are fraternal twins...Sterling is our "freebee baby" because we were not expecting him...BONUS! And on May 11, 2014 (Mother's Day), I had another beautiful baby girl, Aaliyah (aka Liyah Bug). She is now 3 years old and is growing so fast! She is the reason why I am unable to be at school
extremely early, so please take advantange of my afterschool hours for tutoring.
Do you have any hobbies? I love to play sports most of the time, but I have a new found love for running 10Ks and for taking kickboxing, crossfit, bootcamp, weight lifiting, yoga/pilates, spin, Booiaka, and ZuMbA classes. I run about 10 races every summer...OMGee! I used to take yoga and pilates classes at Blue Messa Studios and it was one of the hardest workouts I have ever had! I also take kickboxing classes at Team 4 Corners gym, crossfit classes at Animas Crossfit, and Zumba and boxing classes at Punch's Boxing Club gym and all of those classes have definitely made me a stronger/tougher person! In addition, I used to take zumba,
booiaka, bootcamp, weight lifting, and spin classes at The Royal Spa, but now I go to Fitness World, Gym Lou's, and San Juan College's HHPC. Furthermore, I also enjoy biking, going to the movies, watching reality TV (guilty pleasure), texting/facebooking/Instagraming my friends/family, and eating out (I love Asian food!).
What kind of music do you like? I like Hip-Hop, R & B, Reggaeton, Country, Alternative, and Classic Rock. Overall, I like any kind of music, but mostly my Zumba music! *Dueces*
What's one of the most exciting things you've done in your life? Besides going to a college prep school in Colorado, then going to college in New York, going white water rafting for a week, going on 40 mile bike rides a day for a week, almost getting squashed at a Marilyn Manson concert, and having 2 girls and TWINS...I'd have to say going on an Educational Studies Term abroad in the Caribbean (Barbados, West Indies). I actually flew over water! How amazing
to see only blue water out the airplane window!!!! While in Barbados, I had the opportunity to teach 6th and 8th grade math at a middle school called Queens College. The schools there have a completely different setting from ours. Students wear uniforms and the classrooms are open brick rooms with no glass windows or doors and the only instructional aid in the room was a chalk board. Nontheless, the students were eager to learn regardless of the lack of school supplies! I lived with my host family for a semester and it was one of the most exciting times in my young adulthood! People drove on the left side of the road and the steering wheel was on the right side
of the vehicle! And the exotic insects, perfect beach weather, and way of life (the only fast food was KFC!) there was such a culture shock to me, but I feel very fortunate that I could adjust to being so far away from home...I was only 19 years old when I was there!!!! Most of all, I have one stamp in my passport!
Do you have any regrets? Not much...I would have to say I wish I didn't turn down the offer to teach for 2 years in the Pacific Islands as a member of the Peace Corps. And sometimes I regret deferring my admission and ending up not to go to the Teachers College at the University of Columbia in New York for grad school. I also regret that I never learned how to speak Navajo fluently. In addition, I regret not seeing Biggie Smalls, 2pac, or Michael Jackson in concert! :( AND finally I regret opening up too many credit card accounts in college...it took me forever to pay off what I call my "MAD CRAZY STUPID" debt!
What's is one thing you still want to do? There are so many things I still want to do. I want to go to watch a Cowboys game at their new stadium (another star is born!), I want to travel to places like Hawaii, Europe, and Japan. I want to relearn how to play the piano. I want to MAYBE go back to school for my Ph.D. I want to enroll into the National Guard (so they can pay off my student loans!). I want to see Don Omar and Prince Royce in concert! I want to meet Oprah,
Miles Austin, Alex Rodriguez, and Jacoby Ellsbury. And I want to win the lottery!