My first experience at Baylor University was serving as a part-time lecturer teaching mathematics methods for middle school pre-service teachers. Prior to Baylor, I had been teaching developmental mathematics at McLennan Community College for five years and before that teaching secondary mathematics at Midway High School in Waco for five years. What I had come to realize is that I do thoroughly enjoy doing and teaching mathematics.
From my initial experience at Baylor as a lecturer, I had found my calling. I found that I could incorporate my passion for doing and teaching mathematics with pre-service teachers. With the guidance of the great faculty, I began my doctoral studies in the School of Education in curriculum and instruction. I discovered that I had a place at Baylor studying and researching mathematics education.
During the next three years in the doctoral program, I had many experiences, which included being a part-time lecturer, a full time doctoral student, and a graduate research assistant to a fantastic mathematics educator, Dr. Trena Wilkerson. I was able to engage in current research on professional development for mathematics in-service and pre-service teachers, present at local, regional, and national conferences, serve in leadership roles in professional organizations, and finally begin writing and publishing my own manuscripts.
Through the faculty and my peers at Baylor, I realized that my service as a Christian could be integrated into my professional career serving others. Baylor became my second family--supporting, encouraging, and guiding me along the way.
I came to Baylor thinking that I could be content being a part-time lecturer and taking care of my husband and two boys. By the time I completed my doctorate, God had changed my husband’s heart and mine. We were willing to go where God led us, and we followed that call to the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton.
For the past two and a half years, I have been an assistant professor in the College of Education. As the only mathematics educator at UNT, I have been able to apply my experiences of collaboration with the mathematics and science departments, and with colleagues at other universities such at Midwestern State University, Southwestern State University, University of Texas in Austin, and last but not least Baylor University.
Also, I continue to grow in my service in several mathematics organizations by serving on committees and as a journal reviewer with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, School Science and Mathematics Association, and Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators. In July 2008, I was elected president-elect for the newly formed Texas Association of Mathematics Teachers Educators.
My philosophy as a professor has been to engage my students just as Baylor engaged me in all aspects of what being a professor would require. I went into my career with my eyes wide open, knowing full well that Baylor had fully prepared me for this place and time in my career.