Monica Waggoner

Mission Statement

The total education of a student comes from not only the academic content they learn in their classes, but from their interactions, life experiences, and challenges they face.  I will help our students turn these experiences into resources for learning.

My Interests

I compete in 5 and 10 K races for fun.  Actually, to use the word compete is a stretch, but I enjoy running and challenging myself a little more with each race.  I am also the education chair for and teach Sunday school at Trinity Lutheran Church in Corpus Christi. I also enjoy hunting and fishing with my husband and kids.  On the weekends, when our family is not busy at a game or meet of some sort,  we are outside; at our deer lease, at the beach, or just hanging out in the back yard.

Books and Links

I read constantly. Most of my reading is professional, but I always have a novel handy for those rare moments of down time. One book that has inspired me both as a teacher and a mother is Richard Louv's Last Child in the Woods: Saving our children from nature deficit disorder.  While he does not claim that this is a true medical disorder, he makes great points to show that our children will benefit from more time outdoors. 

My favorite novels are John Steinbeck's East of Eden and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. My kids and I have just finished one of my favorite children's novels, Choosing Up Sides, by John Ritter, and are beginning my all-time favorite, Red Dog, by Bill Wallace.