I've taught pre-schoolers through 8th graders, as well as almost twenty years of teaching writing classes for adults through San Diego State University Extension. In Manhattan Beach, I first taught in the regular classroom, where I was a master teacher, then taught for four years in the gifted program. I've organized and run before- and after-school classes and tutored individual students. I love teaching kids about Greek and Latin roots using TPR (Total Physical Response) and posting cool info on Greek and Latin roots at FB at CryptoKids..
Warm, interactive, supportive. I now write children's books, but while in the classroom I loved getting cues from the kids, picking up on an individual child's learning style, figuring out what was causing a hiccup in understanding, then going at the problem from a different angle. As a logophile, exploring new words and books were part of every day's studies. Early on, I saw the difference hands-on learning made with my students.
Greater San Diego Reading Association's Celebrate Literacy Award AAUW Named Grant Honoree Ohio Wesleyan University, Distinguished Achievement Citation Children's Books: Nominee, California Young Reader Medal One Book, One San Diego Children’s Book Parents Magazine: "The 50 Best Children's Books" Smithsonian Notable Parents' Choice Silver Honor Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People National Council for Social Studies—Children's Book Council Growing Good Kids—Excellence in Children's Literature San Diego Book Awards Two Paterson Prizes
Ohio Wesleyan University
I'm the author of 18 children's books, have hundreds of magazine and newspaper credits, and have done more than 250 author gigs at schools and for organizations. I run the published writers' group of the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). I'm on FB or PIN a lot more avidly than TW (fineedith). See the monthly Grammar Patrol blog posts at eFrogPress.com Interested in writing books for children? Check out "Jump Froggies! Writing Children's Books, 89+ Beginners' Tips" (paperback or ebook). Also included, fifty quotes from published writers. Get a jump start, all you teaching froggies!