JH and HS Science Teacher
I graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Carbondale, Pennsylvania in 1986. I had a great four years there with some awesome teachers. This fueled my desire to be a teacher and help make others have awesome school memories. I attended the University of Scranton in 1986 and sadly graduated in 1990. My college experience makes me a little jealous of our graduating seniors just starting out on their college adventure.
I have a BS in secondary education with a concentration in science. I am certified in Life science 8-12 and Science 8-12.
I have been teaching science for 16 years. I am starting my 13th year at Evant ISD. I will be teaching seventh grade science, eighth grade science, biology, forensic science, and anatomy & physiology.
Prior to teaching, I worked for 12 years in juvenile detention and mental health field for children. I performed a variety of jobs, such as childcare worker, emergency service worker, child therapist, EPSDT facilitator, clinical casemanger, and parent mentor. All of these jobs have shaped me into the teacher I am today.
I am lucky to be married to my best friend, Allen Gandy. We married on St. Patrick’s Day in 2006 and live the movie Yours, Mine, and Ours. We have four children, Jay, Tori, Hayley, and Izzy. My three oldest graduated from Evant and were very involved in athletics while they attended school. Izzy is currently enrolled in sixth grade and is looking forward to starting athletics and is active in UIL and FFA. Jay is enlisted in the US Navy and will be stationed overseas for three years. Tori is getting married this September and teaches at Bryan ISD. She is a science teacher for sixth grade. Hayley is working as a phlebotomist but is looking at other options in the medical field. I have four dogs, three cats, a rabbit, and Izzy’s FFA lamb.
Vacations! Vacations! Vacations!
I love to travel and right now my frequent vacation destination is Disney World. It helps that my best friend lives and works there!!!!! My son will be stationed in Italy for three years. I am going to be planning a trip to see him and hopefully knock off a bucket list item. We will be hiking Mount Vesuvius. It is just like a science teacher to vacation at a natural disaster site!!!