|Hello, my name is Ms. Dastous (pronounced Das-tus) and the 2011-2012 school year will be my 17th year of teaching. I had previously taught 7 years in Texas, 3 years in Georgia, and 3 years in N. Carolina before returning to Texas and coming to Magnolia West in 2009. I have taught everything from Career Connections to Programming and I can honestly say that the time that I have spent teaching the use of computer software has been the most enjoyable of my career.
I grew up in Pasadena, Texas, and after graduating from Pasadena High School, I entered the workforce and did everything from being a car hop to running a dance studio. Eventually, I became the co-owner of a toy manufacturing company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After selling my company, I decided to go back to school to fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher. I went into the Business/Technology field to utilize my almost 20 years of experience in the business area and I wanted to share my experiences with my students. I attended Houston Community College and received my Associate in Arts. I then transferred to the University of Houston where I received my Bachelor of Science degree, graduating with highest honors in 1995. My major was Information Systems Technology with a minor in Education. I am currently carrying certifications in Texas for Secondary Basic Business, Secondary Business Education, Information Processing Technology I, and Secondary Office Education. I have also taught Vocational Business Education.
I recently moved to Magnolia after talking to several relatives and friends who live in the area. I have an 18 year old son who is a Freshman at THe Ohio State University studying Kenesiology. I also have a 15 year old daughter who isa freshman and cheerleader at Magnolia West High School. I recently renewed my love of trailriding and currently have 4 horses and 4 dogs. I am a member of the Montgomery County Trail Riders Association and I ride with the Stampede Riders. I have just realized my dream to own 5 acres in the Magnolia area. I bought it this summer and will be working on it until I retire (or sooner) when I will build a rustic style home and raise horses that are suitable for kids of all experience levels to ride.