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Clear Creek High School
St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas-Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Reading (Elementary Education); Texas A&M Kingsville-Masters of Art in Guidance and Counseling; Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas-Masters in Educational Leadership/School Administration

Converse, TX

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High school(s) attended:

Clear Creek High School

College/Career training (places, degrees, etc.):

St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas-Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Reading (Elementary Education); Texas A&M Kingsville-Masters of Art in Guidance and Counseling; Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas-Masters in Educational Leadership/School Administration

What is your career or vocation?

School Counselor

How has your education impacted your career and your life?

Education has been and is very important to me and has impacted my career and most importantly my life in many ways. As a little girl, I would set up my dolls and stuffed animals along with my little brother and play school with my mini chalkboard, school books (that I would get out of the classroom trash can when teachers would throw them out), story books, and even toys for 'recess' time. When I got to high school and it was time to start thinking about my life (seriously), I wanted to go to a school where professors would know me by name and where I could get a real sense of 'family.' I can remember the first day I walked onto the St. Mary's campus...I knew it would be home!! Education is so very important because I believe it opens avenues to unlimited opportunities along our wavy, curvy, crazy road of life. I love to learn and enjoy sharing that learning with others! Education impacts my career every day because I show my students what education can do for them. There are not too many people out there who bring college to the elementary school level, but I believe it starts in PreK!! The sooner we show them the world, the more questions they will ask and adventures they will take. It is also a really good time to connect our parents with their kids in sharing the importance of education!!

From where you are now, what do you believe about the role of education, especially college?

I believe that education prepares us to be the leaders of tomorrow. My generation is already getting into those leadership positions and it is time to show this world how it's done!! The generation that I am teaching will become the leaders of the future and I want to make sure that they are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities this world has to offer. College also teaches so much more than just academics. I came to a college only about 4 hours away from home, but I learned about life as if I had moved 40 hours away! I learned a lot about myself and how I wanted to make my mark on the world...how I was going to make a difference. College truly helped me see the bigger picture!!

What advice do you have for the students of Generation TX?

GO FOR THE GOLD!!! Make your mark on this world and make a difference. Everyone has a chance, an opportunity to be GREAT!!! Take your talents, your passion, your motivation, and your heart and always give everything your ALL!! There are going to be times that you will fall and stray away, but you can always get back on the path!! I think Dr. Seuss said it best in "Oh, the Places You'll Go"... Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go. You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street. And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air. Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you. And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too. Oh! The Places You’ll Go! You’ll be on your way up! You’ll be seeing great sights! You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights. You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest. Except when you don’t. Because, sometimes, you won’t. I’m sorry to say so but, sadly, it’s true that Bang-ups and Hang-ups can happen to you. You can get all hung up in a prickle-ly perch. And your gang will fly on. You’ll be left in a Lurch. You’ll come down from the Lurch with an unpleasant bump. And the chances are, then, that you’ll be in a Slump. And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done. You will come to a place where the streets are not marked. Some windows are lighted. But mostly they’re darked. A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin! Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in? How much can you lose? How much can you win? And if you go in, should you turn left or right…or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite? Or go around back and sneak in from behind? Simple it’s not, I’m afraid you will find, for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind. You can get so confused that you’ll start in to race down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace and grind on for miles across weirdish wild space, headed, I fear, toward a most useless place. The Waiting Place…for people just waiting. Waiting for a train to go or a bus to come, or a plane to go or the mail to come, or the rain to go or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow or waiting around for a Yes or No or waiting for their hair to grow. Everyone is just waiting. Waiting for the fish to bite or waiting for wind to fly a kite or waiting around for Friday night or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake or a pot to boil, or a Better Break or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants or a wig with curls, or Another Chance. Everyone is just waiting. No! That’s not for you! Somehow you’ll escape all that waiting and staying. You’ll find the bright places where Boom Bands are playing. With banner flip-flapping, once more you’ll ride high! Ready for anything under the sky. Ready because you’re that kind of a guy! Oh, the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all. Fame! You’ll be famous as famous can be, with the whole wide world watching you win on TV. Except when they don’t. Because, sometimes, they won’t. I’m afraid that some times you’ll play lonely games too. Games you can’t win ‘cause you’ll play against you. All Alone! Whether you like it or not, Alone will be something you’ll be quite a lot. And when you’re alone, there’s a very good chance you’ll meet things that scare you right out of your pants. There are some, down the road between hither and yon, that can scare you so much you won’t want to go on. But on you will go though the weather be foul. On you will go though your enemies prowl. On you will go though the Hakken-Kraks howl. Onward up many a frightening creek, though your arms may get sore and your sneakers may leak. On and on you will hike. And I know you’ll hike far and face up to your problems whatever they are. You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.) Kid, you’ll move mountains! So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!

Why do you believe in Generation TX?

I believe in Generation TX because it is a way to share the joy, success and opportunities that higher education brings. I am so excited about getting the message out there that anyone and everyone can go to college and experience unlimited paths on their road of life. A lot of our kids run into road blocks, barriers, potholes, forks in their road and they need to know that there are 'construction workers' helping to fill the potholes, 'police' to guide them around road blocks and barriers and 'guides' to advise them when they reach a fork. I think Generation TX is full of those people and their tools to help our learners today become leaders tomorrow.

What are your goals as a GenTX supporter?

My goal as a GenTX supporter is to get the word out and motivate our kids to look toward their futures and see the sunshine of success. I want to continue introducing them to different colleges from around the country and the world so that they know what is out there and available to them. I want to build a strong and solid foundation that our kids can build their lives on!!

Do you have special skills or expertise to share?

Other: Contacting colleges from all over the country for information