I have been teaching school for 21 years. I began my career at Pine Tree Intermediate School teaching 4th grade there for 8 years. In 1998 , I came to White Oak as a 4th grade teacher. Since my arrival here, I have taught 4th grade, 5th grade, and now I am so lucky because I get the opportunity to work with awesome 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders everyday!!!
Just a little that you may not know about me….I graduated from Pine Tree High School and the University of Texas at Tyler. In high school, I played basketball and ran track. I loved athletics!!! I still love to exercise almost everyday and four years ago I spent time during the summer at the Cooper Institute in Dallas earning my personal trainer certification. My “other” job is working as a trainer at the Super Slow Zone at Core Rehab in Longview. I do this because I love to encourage others to feel the best that they can and hopefully they will enjoy a healthier lifestyle because they are physically active.
I have been blessed with a husband and two precious daughters. My husband of 25 years is Bill Bybel. He is actively involved in White Oak School and volunteers his time serving on the White Oak School Board. My oldest daughter, Emily, attends the University of North Texas and is a junior this year. She attended school at White Oak from kindergarten through her senior year. It has been so much fun watching her grow up! She graduated in 2008 and played for the State Volleyball team in 2007. My younger daughter, Abbey, is a junior in high school this year. She is a member of the varsity volleyball team that went to the State tournament last year. They have a great team this year and hopefully we will be playing in that tournament again this November. Her nickname is “hammer” because she can kill a volleyball! In my spare time, I enjoy working in my yard because it is therapy for me to tend to the plants and flowers, and I just enjoy being outside. I love spending time with my family and we enjoy exercising together, riding bikes, and having family time over dinner.
I feel that my career is a calling rather than a job because I LOVE helping children be successful. EVERY child can learn and the most important part of my job is finding out HOW to help each individual child learn to the best of their ability! Teaching comprehension and fluency are the two key components in my reading class. Please visit the additional links on the table to find out more about fluency and visualizing/verbalizing.