About Ms. Dallas
I am one of those crazy people who always loved going back to school, and I still do. Learning is my absolute most favorite thing to do, and I cannot get enough of it. That is the number one reason I love to read anything and everything from Harry Potter (my favorites are The Prisoner of Azkaban and The Half-Blood Prince) to historical accounts of Henry VIII (my favorite British monarch). I also love to write, and I am currently in the middle of a semi-fictional novel about my grandmother who died from Pick's disease, a dementia similar to Alzheimer's disease. Hopefully I'll get it published one of these days.
However, the single thing of the utmost importance to me is my family. I have two younger brothers, Derek and Dane. Derek finished his college career of baseball at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2013. He broke more than a few school records, including putting up the most strikeouts for a career player (207) and the lowest career earned run average (2.40). (If you don't know baseball, both of those numbers are very impressive.) He is now teaching junior high science at Snyder ISD. Dane graduated from Midwestern State University with a degree in engineering. He and his wife, Mary, just moved to Austin and are living the urban life. I am very proud of my brothers, and you'll hear A LOT about them both.
Although I graduated from a big 6A school in Dallas (Duncanville High School), my parents moved to Ballinger after I moved on to Texas Tech University for my undergraduate degree in Creative Writing, which I received in 2008. I finished my degree there and then came back to San Angelo (where I was born) to complete a Master's degree in English literature in 2010. In 2011, I finished a second Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
When I was in high school, I was involved in everything I could be. I was the editor of the yearbook, newspaper, and literary magazine, a member of National Honor Society, the stage manager of every theatre production while I was in high school (we used to do three shows a year, including OAP competitions), a member of the Speech & Debate UIL team, journalism team, literary criticism team, and Spanish UIL. I also love sports, although I was never coordinated enough to play them myself. My favorite teams to watch are Derek's and, of course, the Texas Tech football team. Go Red Raiders!
Teaching is my passion. I've discovered something that I think all my favorite teachers must have known -- you learn more from your students then you ever learned from your teachers. You guys inspire me each and every day, and I know that at the end of the year, I'll have taught you at least one thing, and you'll have taught me at least 100. I am looking forward to starting a new year with you, and I hope you know that whether it be to assign you essays (and help you through them), cheer you on at football, basketball, and baseball games, or just to give you a hug and listen to you, I am always here for you.