I never thought I'd end up a teacher. I suppose the signs were obvious and all around me--I come from a family of teachers, I got a degree in English--but I resisted the calling for many years. In fact, it took being canned from a dead-end middle management job I hated to finally push me into education. It turns out that being fired was the best thing that ever happened to my career.
I’ve lived in Texas my entire life, growing up near the Oklahoma border before moving off to Denton in 2000 to study jazz performance at the University of North Texas. My collegiate music career didn’t last long, however, as only a year and a half in, I was seduced by academia. I graduated in 2005 with a B.A. in English.
As an English major, my focus was in creative writing, but my academic interests are wide-ranging. I love writing, of course, but also studying composition, from poetics and prosody to rhetoric and general grammar. I’m a big fan of classical literature, political philosophy, the American romantics, the Russian masters, the whole camp of miserable European Existentialists, and