•       I am excited that your child is in my classroom this year, and would like to introduce myself to you! I was born in Beaumont, so am blessed now to be able to live near family(who I am very close to!) and old friends. I attended Lamar University for Undergrad and graduated in Elementary Education with a minor in Psychology. I was always interested in helping people in any way, so teaching was a natural progression for me. My first five years of teaching were in Galena Park in Houston, where I taught under a fabulous mentor principal, Mr. Earl Cobb, who helped me understand the professionalism and dedication (and silliness!) it takes to make a difference in childrens' lives. I still keep his paternal advice and words to a VERY young and immature teacher close to my heart!!  I still keep in touch with some of those kiddos from a lifetime ago. My first students are turning 46 years old this year!!!

         Alas, I then met and fell in love with my wonderful husband, Bill, and we started an 8 year Air Force journey that would change this little ol’ southeast Texas girl forever. I even lost my Beaumont accent through the travels!(most of it!)

         We moved to San Antonio where I taught for a half year before we were moved to Del Rio while my husband went through pilot training. I taught in Del Rio for a year with some of the nicest teachers I would ever know! They took me under their wings as if I were family and have never let me go!!

          Then, we were surprised to find out that we would be spending the next 3 years in the Philippines!! When we heard where we were going, I thought it was in the Caribbean! HA! Little did I know that we would be taking a 20 hour plane ride to the other side of the world in Asia! But I was fortunate I was a teacher, because that was the only profession that an expat dependent could work at. So I taught for 3 years at an Air Force elementary school on Clark Air Base where we were stationed. It was an amazing opportunity for me, because I taught with some of the most incredible teachers ever. Most of the teachers were lifelong professionals who traveled the world working and getting advanced degrees in teaching. Their expertise was invaluable to me, and their love of continued learning for their profession helped me decide to get my own Graduate degree in Curriculum and Teaching from Michigan State University while I was over there. MSU would send professors from their university  each semester to teach our classes; so I was getting wonderful current teaching techniques from the States, as well! Our 3 years in the Philippines were awesome. My sister and her husband were living in China and Malaysia at the same time; so I traveled all over Asia, including Thailand, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, and even spent a summer in Hong Kong for Grad school. I have so many amazing stories about those times!!  
                                             
     
          The next phase of my life was an even greater change! Bill and I came home to the States to live for 3 years in Abilene, Texas. Abilene holds a very special place in my heart, because it is where both of my children were born! Kyrstyn is my oldest and prettiest and is now 29 years old. She is a very proud Texas A&M graduate (Whoop!) and is now married to our wonderful son-in-law Eric and living in Austin.(She is getting used to all the burnt orange instead of maroon!) Brendon is my youngest and handsomest and is now 28 years old. He is attending law school at The University of Texas in Austin (Hook 'em!), and has the amazing opportunity to work at The Hague (The United Nations International Court) in the Netherlands for the 1st semester of his last year of law school.  I am so proud of both of my children!  We are a "HOUSE UNITED!!", as I prefer to look at it!!  They are both Deerwood Dolphin, Riverwood, and Kingwood High School graduates, so I go back a long way with DWE. I am proud to say that all 3 Kingwood schools prepared my students to be LEADERS as they moved on from Kingwood.   My kids are the precious joys of my life!                              
                                                    
                                                                                          
                                             Kyrstyn & Brendon in Australia                                                                                

          When my kids were born I took a long sabbatical from teaching to be blessed to raise my baby dolls! Bill separated from the Air Force; we moved to Dallas for 4 years, then finally home to Kingwood/Houston. I was fortunate to be able to sub through those years to keep my hand in the profession and to be able to understand the changes that were going on in education. I started subbing at Deerwood when my kids began school there in 1995, and even taught 5th grade when they needed a Deerwood 5th grade teacher in 2000-2001. When I was finally ready to come back full-time in 2005, Mrs. Carol Suell (longtime DWE principal) very graciously brought me into the fold. I say this at every Orientation. I have lived, traveled, and taught all over the world and I can honestly say that Deerwood has some of the most wonderful, dedicated people who love & respect children and work hard to create a loving atmosphere.  I feel proud and blessed to work here!!

         By now, most people know that I am a huge Astro fan!! So proud of this fun club! I can finally say we won the WORLD SERIES this year!!!!  What an awesome accomplishment for such a special group of teammates!!!  

                                                                  Walsh Family Walsh Family at Astro Game
     
         I am also a HUGE reader!! I have loved books since I was a wee child. I am one of those people that has a book in the car, at home, at work, everywhere I go! “Oh, the places you’ll go!!” with a book!  I also love to cook and bake, which is very hard since my kids(and their friends!) are gone now!  I am also a great outdoors person. One of the hardest parts about coming back to school is missing my 2 hour walk/runs through the greenbelts each day, and the bike rides through the parks!! AAHHHH!! Beautiful!  But as Mary Poppins says, "Enough's as good as a feast!"  So I am ready to get back to work and go along on this new adventure with your child!  My door is always open to your questions, concerns, suggestions. For true!!!
    So please come along with us to make this 2nd grade year Awesome! 

         Thanks for reading. It’s a great day to be a Dolphin!!!