I am was born and raised in Baltimore,
Maryland, and at 14 years old my parents and I moved to
Louisiana, which is where their roots are and my relatives
live. I have lived in Tampa, Florida, Biloxi, Mississippi,
and now, San Antonio. I am a single parent of a 13-year-old
daughter, Markina. I am also a full time Library Assistant at
the Cody Branch of the San Antonio Public Library System. I
am fortunate to live directly across the street from work, and
up the street from my daughter's school.
M.S. Candidate School of Library and Information Science
Candidate Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services in
Candidate Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
Bachelor of Music Degree -- Vocal
Xavier University of Louisiana -- New Orleans, Louisiana
Department of Music
My way of telling stories is through
singing. Singing is what gets me through any and everything. I
have been singing since I was 15 years old. There was a time
in my life when I wanted to be a professional opera singer.
I've performed for Pope John Paul II in Rome, and with a
professional vocal ensemble in New York, St. Louis, and New
My storytelling skills have developed
over the past few months, which my confidence level has
continued to rise among the spoken word. However, I think I
will continue to tell my stories through song.
I have enjoyed all of the performances
and topics in both storytelling classes, but the one that I
think has been the most reflective is the coaching portion of
the second class. The coaching has allowed me to reflect upon
how I can improve as a storyteller.
I have enjoyed all of the classes taught
by Dr. Figa and her team because they give hope and
encouragement to all. You can also sense a high level of
sincerity in their comments.
Two of the greatest gifts in my life are
my mother and my daughter. We enjoy many activities together
such as going to the movies, musicals, and our all time
favorite, trying various cuisines at different restaurants. We
also love to travel and shop. I have been blessed in so many
ways that I can't count them all.