My career experiences range from sales to education to writing. I've worked as a sales representative, a corporate trainer, a reading teacher for grades 1-3, an elementary school substitute teacher, an Odyssey of the Mind Coach, a creative writer, a freelance writer, and a children's author. My experiences led me to create a series of activities for children that develop life skills necessary for children to be successful in college and in the workplace: teamwork, creativity, problem solving, and imagination.
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I coached Odyssey of the Mind for seven years where my middle school teams placed consistently in the top five at the Region 14 competition, earned third and second place finishes at the NY State completion, and placed 24th in the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals completion at the University of Maryland.
I have a Masters degree in Elementary Education and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Nazareth College.
I'm the author of THE CRIMSON FIVE middle grade books for children ages 8-12. SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB (THE CRIMSON FIVE: Book 1) was published on January 9, 2018. FLIP THE SILVER SWITCH (THE CRIMSON FIVE: Book 2), was published on August 21, 2018- both traditionally by Amberjack Publishing. For more details, please visit www.swirlandspark.com.