I started my career writing curricula -- in fact, my first major project was written when my oldest was a baby. It was a PreK curriculum for a kids' club, and it's still in use. That then-baby will soon be graduating high school! I've since written many, many more projects, earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and educated various grades and levels from PreK to college.
I firmly believe learning should be 1. Natural -- we're always learning, all the time! and 2. FUN! I love creative approaches, I love mashing up disciplines, I LOVE unit studies that look at one topic, book, period in history from every angle. At my absolute core I believe the gateway to learning is BOOKS, so literature -- real literature, no stuffy textbooks -- is at the heart of every lesson I teach.
I've won a Sustainable Arts Foundation grant, had a starred review from Publishers Weekly, placed in many contests like the Genesis Contest, Grace Notes Books contest, Literary Life annual competition. My books have been published by Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Eerdman's Books for Young Readers, and I have a play published in the UK.
Undergrad I studied philosophy and psychology, with a focus on child development. After more than a decade teaching, parenting, writing, I went back to school and earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.
I'm currently a writer and homeschooling mama to (some of my) six children, ages infant through high school senior. I also do Skype school visits! If you'd like to schedule a Virtual Author Visit, just email me!