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 (Whoop!). My teaching certifications include: English Language Arts (8-12), Journalism (8-12), and Speech (8-12) in Texas and High School English in California. I also have an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an M.A. in English from Sam Houston State University. In the summer of 2019, I moved halfway across the country to CALIFORNIA for my husband’s new job opportunity. This is quite the adventure for a lifelong Texan, but so far, I am loving Southern California!

My Family:

I met my husband, Jason, while at Texas A&M. We have been married for 18 years and have a beautiful 16-year-old daughter named Bayleigh. Jason is an Animation and Game Design professor at Laguna College of Art and Design, and Bayleigh is a junior at BHS.

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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. I took my first full-time job at Franklin High School teaching English I and English I Pre-AP. 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.

In 2014, I left Franklin High School to teach at College Station High School so that I could work at the same school as my husband. Over five years, I served as the English III Level Leader and taught a variety of courses, including English IV AP (Literature), English IV Honors, English III, and English I Honors. I also served on the district curriculum writing team and coached the National Champion SkillsUSA Quiz Bowl team.

Bonita High School in La Verne, CA, is my new home, and I am so proud to be a BEARCAT! I currently teach AP Language & Composition, English IV, and advise the BHS Echoes Yearbook class.

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 sixteenth year as a teacher and my second at Bonita High School. It is my great privilege to work at such an outstanding school, and I am looking forward to an outstanding school year! #AwwYeahBearcats