Mrs. VanZandt attended high school in Nederland, Texas and Sulphur, Louisiana and graduated from Victoria High School in Victoria, Texas. She graduated from Victoria College in 1985 and Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M - Kingsville) in 1987 with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education. She taught English and journalism at Alice High School and Odem High School before getting her Master's Degree in Library and Information Science from Texas Woman's University in Denton in 2008. She is married to Heath, who works for AEP, and has two daughters, Heather, who owns Hello Beautiful Salon in Downtown Corpus Christi, and Amanda, who teaches choir at Patty Welder Middle School in Victoria.
Mrs. VanZandt has been the librarian at Tuloso-Midway High School since October of 2007. She enjoys reading almost anything she can get her hands on. In addition to being the TMHS librarian, she serves as co-coach of the Academic Decathlon team, sponsor of the High School Book Club, campus co-webmaster, the campus technology specialist, and a member of the campus leadership team and the TM Education Foundation. Off campus, she teaches Sunday School at Calallen Baptist Church, serves as president of the planning team for Teen Bookfest by the Bay, and loves to travel.