I’ve come a long way from where I started. I was a very shy, insecure child. I struggled in school academically and lived with constant worry. My mother was negligent and emotionally unavailable and her boyfriend sexually abused both me and my older sister.
Even after struggling in school, I managed to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Individual and Family Studies/Counseling and my Masters Degree in Education. I’ve taught elementary school students for the past 27 years. I’ve spent most of my career teaching Kindergarten and I love giving young children a positive and memorable first year experience.
I’ve also spent the last 20 years teaching for a professional development organization at the University of Pennsylvania, training both new and experienced teachers in reading and writing instruction.
My biggest accomplishment to date is publishing my memoir, The Gold Mailbox. It took me many years to write and publish my story. I’ve received powerful feedback from readers whose lives I’ve touched. I wanted to share my story to inspire those who have also struggled with the shame that comes from being raised in a dysfunctional, abusive family situation.
I recently started writing children’s books and had my first story, Rosie, The Practically Perfect Puppy, published last year. I am currently working on getting my second children’s book published.
I am now approaching my 50th birthday and I can honestly say I am the happiest I’ve ever been. I’ve been divorced for five years and I’m currently in a healthy, loving relationship with a very kind man. My two sons (ages 18 and 20) have grown into responsible, hard working, compassionate young men and I’m very proud of them. My life is full, busy and rewarding.