Why NEEF? I grew up in a family of educators and witnessed the impact my parents and their colleagues had on the lives of the students they taught. Throughout their career, my parents taught many students who were economically disadvantaged and often did not have access to the same resources as their peers. I think of these students daily and they remind me that I have a professional responsibility to be an advocate and seek to provide equivalent educational opportunities for all students.
As an architect focused on K-12 environments, I know that the spaces I design influence the experience and quality of education a student receives. Although I did not directly follow in the footsteps of my parents, their passion led me to a career committed to education and serving the needs of students and educators. By serving on the NEEF board, I hope to support my district and leave a lasting impact on the students of NEISD.
What is your connection to NEISD? I live in the North East Independent School District and have a son who will begin kindergarten in two years.
In my role with O’Connell Robertson, I manage K-12 projects in San Antonio and the South Texas Region. Through my work with the firm, I have been involved in the design of NEISD schools and look forward to continued work with the district in the future.
Engaging directly with students through volunteer opportunities at NEISD has been a rewarding experience and enriches the work that I do. I participated in Career Day at Regency Place Elementary, and through the San Antonio Youth Literacy program, I volunteered as a Reading Buddy at El Dorado Elementary.
Fun fact about you? My name is uncommon and when I introduce myself, it is usually followed by, “Can you repeat that?”, “Can you spell that?”, and “Oh, just the way is sounds.”
I was named after a family friend, but her name was accidental and was the result of a mistake on her birth certificate. My name is also an anagram of A Smile and Miles A, my husband’s first name and middle initial.
Just one? Currently I read more non-fiction and gravitate to books with some combination of history, culture, art, Texas, and relentless or revolutionary women. However, my favorite author continues to be Sandra Cisneros. Along with her books, two of my favorites to reread are “And the Earth Did Not Devour Him” by Tomas Rivera and “Like Water for Chocolate” by Laura Esquivel.
Senior Associate at O’Connell Robertson