My journey into this exciting field of education began in 1970. I was born and raised in Southern California, and after graduation from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles my teaching career began in Santa Monica Unified School District. The 1970’s opened up a new world of teaching theories and a plethora of strategies which put the child in the center of learning and exploring new knowledge. It was an exciting time in education, and many of the early experiences came with me when we moved to Plano, Texas.
We do not always have a hand in planning our next steps when life’s changes occur. It was an unplanned and outstanding surprise when the next step in my path appeared. St. Mark Catholic School, Plano, had just opened their doors to 113 students in grades Kindergarten through third grade. I accepted the position of principal in the infancy of the school, and was blessed to see the astounding growth in the next years. I had the unique opportunity of constructing curriculum standards; of expanding exploratory and effective teaching strategies; and of selecting the finest teaching team available. Our once infant school grew to 700 students with triple classes of grades Kindergarten through eighth grade, and later incorporated a preschool for three and four year olds. Daily routines were anything but routine and work became a passionate mission. Although this position offered so many opportunities to become an educational leader, I still craved my time in the classroom, and took every opportunity I could find to teach and renew life- long learning and teaching strategies that excite students.
One of my favorite mantras came about whenever I was asked a question about something proposed to me for consideration. My mental, verbal, and sometimes printed response was always, “If it is for the good of the children, the answer is YES!”
With CraniaLogix, I feel renewed commitment to begin, with the students, a new phase of enrichment, exploration, and excitement.