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. In 1992, when my firstborn 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 a musician as well as an audio engineer and music producer who is about to move his recording studio to L.A. My older son is an artist who has studied engineering, digital fabrication, metal fabrication, and 3D printing.
My background includes training in educational therapy, including learning disabilities, autism, and ADD/ADHD, with a particular emphasis in dyslexia and multisensory, structured reading instruction. I have been a fellow of the Central California Writing Project for over 30 years, acting for a time as their editor and attending and/or helping to lead a total of nine Invitational Summer Institutes. This summer (2021) we are crafting a local young writer's program for next summer. I have been very active in the Central Coast homeschool community for many years: 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. I joined Brave Writer in 2011. I write poetry, novels, articles, essays, plays, and even co-wrote an opera!