Degrees and Certifications:
As a child I attended Smith Elementary and Kennedy Elementary until the 4th grade. In 1978 my family moved to Richmond, Texas and I graduated from Lamar Consolidated High School in 1987. After I graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1993, I was hired by Alief to be a Resource teacher at Kennedy Elementary. I was excited to work in a school that not only had I been a student, but my mother Carol Hensley was a first grade teacher and I would get to go to work with her every day. I learned many valuable lessons from her and the whole staff as a first year teacher. As a matter of fact I worked at Smith Elementary with my mother where we collaborated on lesson plans and good instruction.
I have been an educator in Alief for 24 years, I have been a teacher at Kennedy, Smith, and Youens Elementary, and Miller Intermediate School.
I have a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Deaf Education from Stephen F. Austin State University, a Master of Science Degree in Counseling from University of Houston – Clear Lake. I also have credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
I was a Resource teacher and a LIFE Skills teacher for 17 years. In 2010, I had the honor of becoming part of the counseling staff at Miller.
I have been married to my husband John Marrow since 1999. We have six nephews and three nieces who we spend much of our free time with. I am a runner and have completed two marathons and a dozen half marathons. I have participated in the MS-150 five times and I am currently training for a Duathlon. I like reading, needlepointing and sewing. I enjoy hanging out with my friends whom I consider to be my family of choice.
I have been at Miller since the building opened in 2000. Every year I learn so much from our students and each one has a special place in my heart.
Degrees and Certifications:
I am proud to hold the position as counselor at Miller Intermediate. Having attended Chancellor Elementary, Alief Middle School, and graduating from Hastings High School, I am pleasantly surprised how life has afforded me the opportunity to give back to the very community that helped to shape me. I first returned to Alief in 2005 as a physical education teacher at Kennedy Elementary where I stayed for 2 years followed by a 9 year stint as counselor at Klentzman Intermediate. Miller Intermediate has now become my new home as of the 2016-2017 school-year where I continue to enjoy my work with young people.
Receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Baylor University and a Masters of Education in Counseling at the University of Houston followed by earning credentials as a Licensed Professional Counselor, I hope that I have prepared myself well academically. However, nothing has proven more valuable than what I have learned “on the job” working with people - especially the students. Counseling provides an avenue in which to assist students with the courage to be themselves, to resist negative influences, and to persevere and overcome familial difficulties. Encouraging confidence and building self-esteem facilitate academic, as well as, personal success. I feel that I can best serve my students with the premise that I am willing to learn from them as much as I hope to educate.
Spending time with family and friends, playing basketball, swimming, listening to music, my students, and the continued hope that I am making an optimistic impact in the life of a child are among the most important weapons I use in battling the many challenges of life.
“The secret in education lies in respecting the student.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson