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I was born in Longview, Texas into a wonderful family and spent the first eight years of my education in Pine Tree Schools before moving to Kilgore and graduating from KHS in 1981. Two years later I graduated with honors from Jacksonville College with an Associate of Science degree, and two years after that (1985) I received my Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Texas A&M University - WHOOP! I finished my teaching certificate through UTTyler and earned my master's degree in English from Stephen F. Austin State University.
I began teaching in 1987, teaching high school English and yearbook at Union Grove High School. What a great place to begin my career! After four years, I took on the ultimate challenge for a secondary teacher: SEVENTH GRADERS! I loved it, though, and spent six years at Gladewater Middle School before working a year as Teacher-in-Residence for East Texas School-to-Work Partnership - a federal STW grant program. That was a great experience because my job was to work with teachers and counselors in fourteen East Texas school districts to infuse career education into the regular classroom curriculum. We travelled to exemplary STW sites and received training from some of the best in the field. The following year, I began a new adventure, teaching seventh grade math at Maude Laird Middle School in Kilgore. After seven years doing that, my family moved to Joaquin, and I started my fourteen years teaching high school English at Joaquin High School. I made the move to Tenaha in the fall of 2018 and couldn't be happier! I've really enjoyed being here and look forward to many more years of helping Tenaha's teenagers. During those years, I also worked part-time teaching English for Kilgore College, LeTourneau University, and Panola College. I've also written five curriculum documents for the Austin American Statesman and a Bible study over the life of King David, After God's Heart.
I am married to Paul Silvey, pastor of Joaquin First Baptist Church, and have two sons - Zack Phillips, who died in 2016 at age 31, and Matt, a student at TAMU.
I truly love teaching and never really let go of my "kids!" Thanks for trusting me with yours.