I am a 17 year veteran of secondary education with experience in 6th, 9th, 10th, and 12th grade English Language Arts and Technical Reading and Writing. I also have 10 years experience as an author and freelance writer as well as 5 years of experience as a technical writer.
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Graduate of Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Go Broncos!
My greatest reward, and my greatest challenge, is being a mom. I am an English teacher by profession, and a writer by passion. I live, work, and play in Boise, Idaho. I believe we all have a story to tell, and my hope is that by sharing mine, I can help individuals navigate life a little easier, and perhaps feel a little less alone on the journey. My first real writing project, Hey, Get a Job! came about because I needed a lesson plan. I thought teaching my Technical Reading and Writing students how to fill out a job application would be fabulous. I’m all about the “beg, borrow, and steal” theory of education, but when I went searching for lessons on applications, or anything else related to first jobs, I found nothing suitable for teens. I went to employers who hire kids, and I took the information out there for adults and made it consumable for teens. When I finished, I realized I had written more than a lesson plan. I wrote a book. By far my longest and most arduous project is my memoir, A Backpack, a Eurorail Pass, and Some Serious Baggage. Travelers, like writers, believe in the power of setting. Particularly when they are twenty-two. I thought of traveling Europe with two close friends as an escape from my conservative Mormon upbringing and the pressures of conforming to a religion I did not believe in. I discovered that freedom means more than being worldly, having a guilt free good time, and finding the perfect pint of ale. I am looking forward to publishing this book in July of 2018 and helping others deal with the baggage of abuse, grief, and sexual orientation.