Hello, readers. I never added a bio here, so–better late than never!
I am a reading specialist; reading, English, and ELL teacher as well as a poet and fiction/ nonfiction writer. My graduate coursework is in Reading, Education, and ELL. I’ve attended many colleges and universities, including:
* Elmhurst College (Bachelors degree, English, Sociology, Psychology, Education)
* College of DuPage (English, Spanish, music, writing, and more–over many years–as part of being a lifelong learner)
*National-Louis University (graduate degree in Reading and additional coursework in ELL and Education)
*University of Chicago (creative writing and art)
*De Paul University (started a Business degree program–what was I thinking?)
*St. Xavier University (graduate coursework in Reading)
*Benedictine University (graduate coursework in Reading)
*Concordia University (graduate coursework in Reading)
I think I am missing some; needless to say, I am a lifelong learner.
I began my professional life working in publishing (minimum wage!), banking, and insurance–those student loans had to be paid off! Eventually I was able to pursue my dream of being a teacher and writer; by then I was well into my “late” middle age years. I never regretted this decision to leave a well-paid business job to enter teaching and writing. Not one regret.
Not too many years ago, I “retired” from full time teaching. I now teach at the college level part time and write part time.
I love nature and people and literacy. Lifelong passions!
I’m also a volunteer adult literacy tutor with Literacy DuPage. I also volunteer with Elmhurst College and work with English majors to help them navigate college.
One of the most meaningful things I’ve done is to be a Mentor Coordinator for a high school with a significant gang presence, matching youths who had been arrested for or received discipline warnings for in-school gang activity and then completed a gang avoidance program with adult mentors. This mentor program helped our students stay in school. For me, I used to wonder out loud: What am I doing? I have no training in this field? What if I mess up? But I learned that I had considerable skills in interviewing people and predicting who would get along/ work well together.
I’ve been married to my college sweetheart for decades. I am very fortunate.
Thanks for reading.
PS For a list of my publications, look here: Publications.