Back in 1986, I taught in an impoverished public school where my work through the National Writing Project, including my presentation of that work at national conferences and the publication of my writing in Social Issues in the English Classroom got the school named as an National Council of Teachers of English Center of Excellence. Then, my first child was born. When my daughter was one year old, I became a “homeschooler.” First, I ran a daycare, a toddler program, a preschool, and a tutoring business, and then I homeschooled my children. My youngest son is starting college and an audio engineering and music production internship,and my older son has studied engineering and is considering building a “tiny house” sometime in the next few years.
My background includes training in educational therapy, including learning disabilities, autism, dyslexia and ADD/ADHD. I have been a fellow of the Central California Writing Project for almost 30 years, acting for a time as their editor and attending and/or helping to lead a total of nine Invitational Summer Institutes. I have been very active in the Central Coast homeschool community: I co-founded, edited, published, and wrote articles for Bridges Homeschooling Newsletter; taught fiction and essay-writing classes to middle- and high-school homeschoolers at a homeschool program in Santa Cruz; and since 2005 have been working full-time as a consultant-teacher in a district homeschool program with K-8 students and their families, where, among other things, I work with kids to write and produce plays and film. I joined Brave Writer in 2011. I write poetry, novels, articles, essays, plays, and even co-wrote an opera! I plan to start a blog, if I can only find the time. I am “in the middle” of five novels, two poetry collections, and three picture book manuscripts, with plans for many more!