I have a Master’s Degree in Childhood Education and a wealth of experience in Early Childhood Education. After taking part in a fabulous teacher education and training internship, the school asked me to stay on as a founding member of the Pre-K team.
I took a step back from classroom teaching while raising my three daughters. Teaching is in my DNA though, really, my mom is a teacher too, so I couldn’t just stop. Now I teach enrichment classes to toddlers and preschoolers when I am not writing or mom-ing. I am incredibly lucky to sing, play, create and be a part of the growth of so many young children. I often draw inspiration for my lessons from children’s picture books. Be sure to check out my Inspired page for picture book based crafts to do with your little ones at home or in the classroom: https://teacherwriteracker.home.blog/inspired/
I am not published, YET.
I used to think failure was finite. Then I learned the power of the word YET.
It took me several failures to get my license. At 16, I was not ready to drive, YET, but I did learn to drive, and now I drive a minivan all over the place with three knuckleheads in the backseat.
My plan as a writer is to keep at it and learn something when I fail. I will hone my craft of writing children’s picture books, connect with other writers, and learn about the publishing business.
I am not published, YET, but I will be.
Update: Less than a year from writing this, a short story I wrote titled, The Barnacle, was published in ROAR Kids Magazine.
I am a mom of three amazing girls who challenge me every day to be my best. I love peanut butter and believe strongly that jelly is a fine companion, but chocolate is the best. I love writing and teaching, but also reading and singing (when a small child isn’t telling me to stop). I love Anne of Green Gables and Harry Potter. I can’t miss an episode of The Walking Dead or Call the Midwife. I was a Creative Arts major with a Computer Science minor. Massachusetts is my now home and New York is my always home. Many do not know I went to computer camp as a kid. Rockport, MA is my happy place.
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