I fell in love with dolphins the first time I visited Sea World when I was 5, the age of dreams and wonder. I didn’t know then that God placed that passion in my heart for a specific purpose and destiny. Growing up, I had every VHS tape on dolphins, every book, a dolphin comforter, a dolphin toothbrush holder… everything was dolphins all of the time. At get-togethers I spewed out dolphin facts on unsuspecting guests and my friends gave me their ocean-themed pencils and erasers. I dreamed of being the next Steve Irwin.
Fast forward to college: My freshman year I attended A&M Galveston and studied Marine Biology. After a family crisis my priorities changed and I ended up coming home, getting married to my real-life superhero (which, by the way, was the best decision I ever made), and getting my education degree instead. I had always loved working with children and I decided I would rather influence people than the world of science, although my heart still yearned for the sea.
I thought my days of studying dolphin behavior and cyanobacteria were over, but God didn’t forget. He has beautifully intersected my love of teaching and influencing the next generation with my passion for marine biology. I get the privilege of working alongside my favorite former teacher of all time, the talented Patti Ashley; and getting to teach at One Day Academy, a place that fostered so many happy memories for me as I navigated my middle and high school years. God has smiled upon me, and it has been abundantly more than I could ever ask, think, or imagine!
“To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.” – The Secret Life of Walter Mitty