As a native Houstonian, I attended River Oaks Elementary School, The Kinkaid School and Lamar High School. I earned a B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of St. Thomas and M.Ed. from The University of Texas in Curriculum and Instruction with a special focus in English as a Second Language. After twenty-five years in education, I founded SCHOOL SOLUTIONS in Houston, Texas, in 2004 as the natural next step in my career mission to help students become confident, competent learners with a bright future.
My career includes fifteen years teaching in public and private schools and ten years in administration. My subject areas were English, history, Latin, world religions, and study skills – a course I co-wrote for Tyler ISD. I have the unique experience of having taught in both traditional and Montessori schools and to be the lead administrator in growing two new Episcopal high schools. During that time, I served as Director of Studies, Director of Development, Director of Admissions, and High School Principal. I retired in 2003 to begin my consulting practice.
Since then, I have earned over 400 hours of professional growth in topics such as childhood and teen-age brain development, educational testing, preschool assessment, entrance tests such as the WPPSI, WISC, ISEE, and OLSAT, technology in education and the impact of technology on children, education for the gifted and the “twice-gifted learner”, executive functioning skills, dyslexia, dysgraphia, social skills, autism, non-verbal learning disability, ADHD, anxiety in children, gap year programs, student internships, special education law, assessment of school learning centers, and best practices in educational consulting. I recently joined the Small Boarding Schools Association and have resumed supporting a boarding school practice to make more school options available to local families.
I was recently awarded the highest mark of distinction by my peers, the Certified Educational Planner. To reach this level, a consultant must pass a board certified examination, hold a master’s degree or equivalent, visit and evaluate a prescribed number of schools, and demonstrate past and present commitment to professional development. As a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, I adhere to the IECA Principles of Good Practice. I do not take fees from schools for placing students. I represent families and students to schools with integrity, doing all work necessary to know that the student is a right fit for the schools I suggest.