I graduated from Texas A&M University, in 2001 with my Masters degree as a Master Reading Teacher and Reading Specialist. I spent the next 12 years working in Bryan ISD, College Station ISD, and at Still Creek Christian Academy in various capacities.
I've been married for 14 years to my husband Mark who is a Bryan/College Station native. We own a land clearing and commercial construction business called JMF Landworks that does pipeline work, land clearing, pond & lake construction and repair, and also run about 250 head of commercial cattle.
When I became a mother to 4 precious little boys, their safety in the water was of the utmost importance to me, so I began looking for a program other than Mommy and Me classes that would actually teach my children lifesaving skills. I came across the ISR program through an internet search and was instantly hooked! Unfortunately, there were no instructors in the area so I began researching what it would take to become certified.
I began my training in October 2012 and have been an official Certified Survival Swimming Instructor for nearly 8 years and have been teaching swimming for 34 years. After going through the rigorous 8-week training process and seeing the amazing results, I became even more passionate about ending the childhood epidemic of drowning. I am now a passionate advocate for drowning prevention in the Brazos Valley. Giving back to my community through drowning prevention education and teaching survival swimming skills is truly rewarding and I am thankful for the opportunity to do so.
We’ve had a great experience with our son. He has now finished his second sequence and can float, swim and float again. Shellie teaches your child to float for safety. This summer when we were wading at the beach, my 2.5 year old was knocked over by a small wave and he immediately floated, even though he could touch the bottom!