I was born and raised in South Texas (Corpus Christi area). In 1999, I graduated from Odem High School and left my hometown for Texas A&M University. I have a B.A. in English from Texas A&M University (Fightin’ Texas Aggie Class of ’03–Whoop!). My teaching certifications include: English Language Arts (8-12), Journalism (8-12), and Speech (8-12). I am currently working toward an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and my M.A. in English, both from Sam Houston State University.

My Family:

I met my husband, Jason, while at Texas A&M. We have been married for 15 years and have a beautiful 13-year-old daughter named Bayleigh. Jason teaches Animations and Game Design at CSHS, and Bayleigh is a student at CSMS.

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My Travels:

I love to travel and have been fortunate enough to have a variety of experiences around the world.  I have visited 15 countries and much of the continental United States (and sponsoring extracurricular activities has taken me down many roads in Texas). In 2000 and 2001, I lived in Eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) where I worked in street schools along with other college students.

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My Teaching Career:

I began working in education as a long-term sub which gave me the flexibility to spend more time with my daughter while also gaining a variety of valuable teaching experiences that I would need later in my career. When Bayleigh started Pre-K, I took a full-time job teaching English I and English I Pre-AP at Franklin High School. After two years, I began teaching English III, English III AP (Language), and English IV AP (Literature). I also served as the Varsity Cheer Coach, Student Council Sponsor, and Academic UIL Coach for Journalism, Ready Writing, and Literary Criticism. Many of my students lovingly call me “The Ouallinator,” a creative blend of my unusual last name (pronounced wall-EEN) and “The Terminator”–the nickname was the inspiration for my teacher website, ouallinator.com.

A New Year:

This will be my fourth year at College Station High School. I am the English III Level Leader and have taught English III, English IV AP (Literature & Comp), English IV Honors, and English I Honors while at CSHS. It is my great privilege to work at such an outstanding school, and I am looking forward to another great school year!