My career experiences range from sales to education to writing. I've worked as a sales representative, a sales 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 an 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 series for children ages 8-12. The first book, SPIN THE GOLDEN LIGHT BULB will be published on January 2, 2018 by Amberjack publishing. I also host a website for beginning writers at www.swirlandspark.com full of middle grade book recommendations, writing tips, and a weekly blog post.