For more than half of my life I have been involved in teaching and training, particularly in the language arts. When I worked with adults through the Laubach Literacy program in Wayne County during the ’80s, I also served in two cooperatives, assisting young people with their grammar, composition, and critical thinking skills.
In the ’90s I served as a corporate manager, training a team of associates in communication techniques and networking concepts to increase sales and marketing performance. Over the last decade my focus has shifted to the school population.
I have taught using a classical curriculum model, developed and implemented a “Character Counts” program for preschool and elementary students, and designed various genre writing workshops for middle school students.
I have worked with and tutored students in a wide range of areas — math, remedial reading, choral music, art, history, and ESL. Over the years I have found that I am most enthusiastic when working with young people, especially middle school students. I enjoy influencing their lives positively.
Special Training: Hillsdale College Center for Teacher Excellence, ABeka Publications educators’ conferences, Storytelling/Writing Seminar with William Wilder, Storytelling Convention, Ohio Christian Educators Convention, CHEM Educator Conventions, INCH Educator Conventions
Years of Experience: 25+
Hero: Bronte sisters
High–Impact Books: The Well-Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise
High–Impact Lecture: Dr. Dell Tackett’s “The Truth Project”
Favorite Places I’ve Visited: Mt. Vernon, Monticello, Hawaii, and Rome
Hobbies: reading historical novels, writing, music, travel, gardening, art, and crafts
Passion: working with children
Favorite Quotation: “O Lord, Lend me a heart replete with thankfulness!”–Shakespeare’s Henry VI