7th Grade Social Studies Teacher (Texas History)
RFMS Dept Phone: (361)790-2230
I am a 5th generation native of Rockport and have lived here all my life. I am in my 44th year of teaching; ten years teaching 5th grade at Rockport Elementary and 34 years teaching Texas History at the middle school. I have a BS in Elementary Education at Texas A&I University in Kingsville and an MS in history at Corpus Christi State University. I have a beautiful daughter named Jayelynn who is married to a fine young man named Randall Nesloney (even if he is an Aggie - just kidding). And I have two awesome grandchilren, Brooklyn (age 8) and Brody (age 6). And, if you couldn't guess, I'm a Texas Longhorn fanatic.
For the last 34 years, I have sponsored a volunteer extracurricular Texas History club for my students called the Armadillo Gang. We explore local and area history on a more personal level and are involved with school and community activities. I will be giving your child the opportunity to join if they wish. They will be bringing home an application and a letter of explanation shortly.
My mission is to make Texas history come alive for my students -- to make it pertinent and meaningful to their lives. I want my students to "walk in the shoes" of the history makers -- to experience it for themselves. The arts of storytelling, drama, and humor are my most effective instructional tools. I often dress in costume to portray historical figures. I regularly engage my students in role-playing and simulation activities to empower them to "feel" as well as learn about historical events. I try to induce situations where the students are forced to discover their own genius -- making a decision, thinking critically, defending a position, solving a problem, making a value judgment; i.e. life skills.
I am an absolutely, certifiable, complete "History Nut". Texas and local history are all-consuming passions of mine. In addition to my teaching, I present "Living History" programs to organizations both locally and statewide where I dress as historical figures and tell their stories in the first person. I also belong to a "Living History Reeanactment" group. Genealogy and family history also occupy much of my free time. I also am a passionate reader and love to travel, and yes, you guessed it -- especially to historical sites. Watching sports on TV is also among my favorite pastimes.
divider for history in their 3-ring notebook
ball point pens of any color
scissors, glue sticks, and rulers are optional
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Occasionally I will present programs about local history for all 7th grade students each period in the library. I cordially invite you and other family members and friends to attend during your child's Texas History class. I will send home announcements of these to you with your child. I hope to see you there.