Ever since I was in high school, I have been a journalist. At my first job at age 17, I was a reporter and photographer for the Galveston County Advertiser. Then, I landed a job at the Daily Citizen in Clear Lake. In 1995, I served in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Paraguay, South America. My primary focus was the development of life, social and professional skills in low-income youth. I facilitated self-esteem workshops, recreational and educational development activities, fund-raisers, exhibits and youth retreats. I also worked in a day care for children of abusive fathers and taught workshops at the Instituto de Manana, a facility for young boys to reside and go to school instead of being incarcerated or living on the streets. In addition to starting Ybycui’s first newspaper, I provided instruction in English, photography, crafts, and the Texas 2-step.
When I returned from the Peace Corps, I felt the calling to be a teacher. So, I went back to school and received my teacher’s certificate. I have taught secondary education for the past 15 years. I have taught Journalism, Photojournalism, Art Photo, Newspaper, Yearbook, Creative Writing, Art 1 and English. In 2006, I received my master’s degree in Mass Communications/Journalism. For my master’s thesis project, I wrote, directed, shot and edited a BB King documentary. I also attended the New York Film Academy in Florence, Italy.
In my spare time, I like to write just about anything but mainly screen plays. I love to travel, make short films and of course take lots and lots of pictures! I also like riding horses—that’s if I don’t get bucked off.
For the past 10 years, I have taught and resided in Bastrop. Currently, I teach high school Art I, Art II Photo, and Art III Photo at Bastrop High School. I also write and shoot for Country Line Magazine. Every chance I get, I hope to inspire my students or people to create a piece whether it be with writing or photography that makes you think, laugh or cry. If you can do all three at once, how perfect is that!