I am a complicated work in progress, and I make no apology for that. I enjoy gardening and taking long country walks. While being outside, I am open to the synchronicities found in nature.
I have earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in elementary education. My teaching career expands for over twenty years. This has given me insight into what children enjoy and what will benefit them. When teaching, I would tell my students, “Make your story come alive,” and “Paint a picture with your words.” I just loved seeing them get excited about their own writing, and now I am excited about my own.
During my teaching career, I had two very humbling experiences. In 1992, I received a letter from Mother Teresa of Calcutta in which she mentioned each of my students by name. It was also an honor to receive the Tim Russert “Making a Difference Award in 2012.” Today, I am still saddened by the closing of that wonderful school in June of that very same year. Being a teacher at heart, I feel that I can still teach. I believe that the stories told in my series, Secrets of The Toad, teach life lessons that are not told in conventional books.
In preparation for publication, I enjoyed the mentorship of children’s author, Nancy Rue. Her guidance was invaluable to me.
Being involved with the BOOST non-profit organization has brought much satisfaction. This program provides tutoring services for children with chronic illnesses.
Of all of my achievements, however, what I am most proud of is my family. My husband and I have two children and four beautiful grandchildren. Their beauty is found both inside and out. They are my true treasures.