6th Grade Math Teacher (Team Penn)
High School Graduate-Prairiland High School
Associate of Science-Paris Junior College
Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, Specialization in Mathematics-East Texas State University, aka Texas A&M Commerce
Texas Teacher Certification: Elementary Self-Contained Gr 1-8, Elementary Mathematics Gr 1-8, Secondary Mathematics Gr 8-12
This school year, 2020-2021, is my 1st year to teach with Paris ISD and I’m very excited to be teaching 6th grade Math on the Crockett Intermediate campus! I’m returning to teach after a one-year retirement period and realizing my passion for teaching and helping students learn was not ready to be pushed aside. Prior to retirement, I had taught 23 years at Chisum Middle School, teaching 8th grade Math and Algebra 1, along with 6th grade Math and 7th grade Math for two years each. My teaching career began at Prairiland High School in 1992 teaching Algebra 1 for four years. So that’s a total of 27 years of teaching for this young lady!
My husband Randy and I have lived in Paris, Texas during the entire 27 years of our marriage and have two wonderful grown sons together! Both of our boys are graduates of Chisum High School. We also have a granddog named Riley that’s our home security system and insistent on getting her pettings every moment possible!
Our oldest son, Zachary Gillen, has started his 4th year as a teacher/coach. This is his 3rd year to be at Whitewright ISD, teaching 8th grade Algebra 1, PreK-5th Grade PE teacher, along with being the Head Softball Coach, JV Volleyball Coach, and 7th grade Girls Basketball Coach.
Our youngest son, Brandon Gillen, has started his 2nd year of medical school at the University of Texas Health School-McGovern in Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University; so YES, I’m the mother of a Proud AGGIE! Brandon is also a serious powerlifter and competed at the National Collegiate level all 3 years while attending Texas A&M.
Spending time with my family is my favorite thing to! Together we enjoy sporting events, especially golf, but also softball and baseball games. For me, I like to spend time with friends, attend concerts,and enjoy the sunshine while walking on the beach!