I am a fierce advocate for teachers because they are some of the most misunderstood people on the planet. I know, because I spent 20 years teaching at a high school in Flint, Michigan. I know firsthand how hard teachers work and how deeply they care.
After I left the classroom to pursue a career in writing, I spent seven years writing a syndicated weekly newspaper column about education -- from a teacher’s point of view. The column ran on the Sunday op-ed page of The Flint Journal, and the Tuesday feature page of the Jackson Citizen Patriot. I guess the editors couldn’t decide exactly where I fit, and that’s understandable; the column was a well-researched mix of hard-hitting commentary on education policy, and lively anecdotes about life in the classroom.
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Hometown: Fenton, MI
School: Michigan State University
Education: BA English-Education/Journalism (+36 post-graduate credits)
In my spare time: Reading, Hiking, Kayaking, Zumba, Photography
MY TEACHING CAREER
I subbed and taught adult ed. for two years. Over the next 16 years I taught:
7th Grade English, 8th Grade English, Computers & Careers, Reading Lab, Writing Lab, English I, English II, Senior English, Beginning Journalism and Advanced Journalism.
I also advised the junior high yearbook and the high school newspaper, which
At the college level I taught Composition I and Public Speaking.
Fish-out-of-water stories (because I am one)
Eavesdropping and people-watching (shamelessly)
“Going to the woods is going home." -- John Muir
"Don't shoot the messenger!"