I grew up in a tiny country town in southeast Texas and spent my childhood running through the forests, riding horses, and writing screenplays in my backyard. I have always loved animals, adventure, and the charm of where I’m from, but I could feel a thirst forming for something bigger than what my slow-paced town could offer. When I was in high school, I won an international writing competition and flew to New York City for an interview with ABC Primetime. After seeing my first glimpse of what else could potentially be out there, I knew that the south wouldn’t hold my heart for too much longer. I was deeply involved in One Act Play as well, so when I graduated in 2009, I went to the University of North Texas to study more about writing and theater.
I moved to Austin in 2013, and it was the first move I’d made in my life with absolutely no plans or expectations. It was a really special pocket in time, where I was free to do whatever I wanted to. I worked at a few restaurants and bars, explored the city constantly and continued to work on my writing. I also spend a lot of my time outside in whatever body of water I can find, finding new favorite restaurants around town, taking road trips to new cities, and in December I’ll be embarking on my first international trip to Spain, France, and Italy. I’ve also always been hugely interested in the film industry, and spent the last year interning with Brock Allen Casting. There, I was part of a professional on-screen acting class and learned about working the camera, lights, script reads, and generally all about the casting process.
Knowing that I had always loved working with children, I decided to apply for a nanny position to care for a child with hearing loss in 2014. That’s where I learned I also had a passion for American Sign Language. I plan on taking ASL classes at ACC starting next year. In 2015 I began a job at Ladybird Montessori in Buda in a support role, and within a few months I was made an assistant. It was my first true introduction into the Montessori world and I fell in love with the philosophy, community, and children instantly. Although I loved it there, I knew I wanted something closer to home. I’d always heard about how incredible Headwaters School was through my sister, Laurie, who has been a part of this school for years. I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the Roadrunners classroom and to continue growing and learning as a part of this beautiful community.