I am completing my 41st year in public education. I have taught elementary, middle school and high school students in my career. I have been a school counselor and witnessed the emotional and mental health struggles of young children and their families. My greatest joy has come from serving students with special needs in five small and rural school districts in South Texas. As I reach the end of my professional career, I would like the chance to travel with 99 other educators and share achievements and challenges facing educators in this crazy world we are living in right now. I know there will be many worthy nominees but I hope you and other voters will see my worth and reward my accomplishments as a teacher. Thank you for this awesome opportunity.