I taught for more than 37 years. Most of my teaching experience was on the elementary level. I taught Language Arts in a Title I program for nearly 30 years. I then taught in a regular classrooms for fourth, fifth and sixth grades.
I found that students enjoy learning when it is fun. I often used skits, plays and poems to teach lessons. After reading a story, I would write a skit or play for my students. Students were encouraged to write their own skits or poems about the stories that they read.
I was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi international honor society while in college. In 1986 I was recognized in Who's Who in Education. I was awarded the prestigious Golden Apple from Apple for a Teacher in 2004.
I attended elementary, junior high and high school in the East St. Louis, Illinois Public School system. I graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, Illinois. I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and my Masters Degree and an Administrative Certificate for Elementary Education.
I have been married for more than 43 years to my husband who was also taught school, was Dean of Students and a high school principal. My husband and I have two sons, one who teaches high school Spanish and the other has a business degree and works for a company.