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ABOUT ME


AWARD WINNING Teacher

  • 40 years of teaching experience in Michigan and California, middle school, high school, and college levels.

  • Recipient of multiple local, and national teaching awards.
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  • Six-time winner of "Who's Who Among American Teachers."

  • Guest speaker for elementary students on success issues,
    and Pay It Forward concepts.

  • B.S. in Education (1970), M.A.(1982), Central Michigan University.

  • Further studies, Florida State, Michigan State, Northern Michigan University.

  • Family life home economics major, sociology minor.

  • Concentrations in child development, health education, counseling.

  • Topics taught: personal growth, birth, death, health, happiness, success, creativity, child development,
    home economics, life management, human sexuality, consumer education, interior design, study skills,
    decision-making, and goal setting.

MOTIVATIONAL Speaker

  • University presentations and keynote addresses to educators and student teacher groups.
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  • Speaker at local and state teacher conferences, Michigan leadership conferences.

  • Frequent speaker at parent meetings, award presentations, community, church groups, classroom guest motivator.

  • Public television appearances on educational and teenage issues.

  • Active member of Toastmasters International, Grover Beach, CA.

  • Appeared before numerous local, state, national, and international audiences, using stories for motivational teaching.

  • Speaker at the National Future Educators Association Conference, Baltimore, 2012.

    INSPIRATIONAL Coach

    • Taught and applied motivational skills to create a mindset for winning results.

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    • Extensively involved in local and state coaching organizations in Michigan.

    • Coached state champions and coached multiple undefeated seasons
      in track and field.

    • Former head coach of the Northeast Intermediate Boys' Track team, Midland, MI.

    • Former volunteer coach, Midland High School men's and women's
      cross-country teams.

    • Head coach for cheerleading, pom-pon, swimming and diving team,
      track and field team.

    • Nominated for National Middle School Coach of the Year.

    VERSATILE Writer

    • Chicken Soup for the Soul in the Classroom®, a curriculum guide, co-authored with Canfield and Hansen (2007).

    • Magic Moments: This Worked for Me (2010).

    • Caring to Teach, Teaching to Care, co-authored with Dave Opalewski (2011).

    • Op Ed columnist with the Midland Daily News for two years on educational issues,
      "Classroom with a View".
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    • Published curriculum, workbooks, short stories, memoirs, poetry, newsletters, articles on education and coaching.

    • Part-time creative writing teacher, Allan Hancock College, Santa Maria, CA.

    • Writing Contests:
      • Winner: SLO Nightwriters' Short Story Contest, 2010

      • Winner: SLO Nightwriters' Poetry Contest, 2011

      • Third Place: SLO Nightwriters' Poetry Contest, 2011

      • Winner: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Poetry, 2011

      • Third Place: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Fiction, 2011

      • Third Place: Central Coast Writers’ Conference, Creative Non-fiction, 2011

    INVOLVED Community Member

    • Education Director, Pay It Forward Foundation.
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    • Recipient of Lloyd Osborn Service and Leadership Award to Midland Sports and Community.

    • Extensive work to improve student success and literacy world-wide.

    • Has served on several school, local, and state committees and boards.

    • Active member, Toastmasters International.

    • Active member of SLO Nightwriters, and three writing and/or critique groups.

    • Founder and active member, creative artists group.

    • Occasionally takes time to read, write, curl up with her husband and cats, walk on the beach, or ride her motorcycle.

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