About Mrs. Clay
Welcome! This year I will teach 6th, 7th, and 8th grade History and serve as the 8A homeroom teacher. My goal is to find fun, innovative ways to engage all my students to think critically, communicate effectively, and act responsibly while developing a strong Catholic identity.
This will be my 7th year teaching at St. Patrick. Previously, I taught at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic School in Irving and public schools in both Carrollton and Austin. During my 13 years teaching middle school students, I have taught History, English, Literature, and Religion and served as an advisor for both National Junior Honor Society and Yearbook. In 2015, I was honored to receive the Work of the Heart Award from the Catholic Foundation and was named the Diocese of Dallas Secondary Teacher of the Year in 2016.
I was raised in Richardson and attended both St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School and Bishop Lynch High School. After graduation, I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Learning and Development from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em horns!
We joined the parish in 2011 and love being part of the St. Patrick's community! My husband David and I have three wonderful children. Our son is currently in 7th grade here at St. Patrick and our girls are both SPS graduates. One of my daughters is a Junior at Bishop Lynch. Her older sister graduated from Bishop Lynch and is studying Political Science at the University of Texas at Dallas.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading historical fiction and mysteries, and traveling. In 2010, my family and I traveled across the United States, visiting 48 states in 12 months. I hope to bring some of the things I learned about our great nation to my classes.