I made myself a promise when I was a young girl: to have a house filled with books when I grew up. Not just books neatly arranged on shelves but books galore. Books on the staircase and full-shelved in the bedrooms, books in a basket in the bathroom and piled near the couches. Books everywhere. Happily, this promise has become a reality. I live in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, surrounded by gorgeous views in a little house filled-to-the-brim with four children and books of all kinds. Good thing that I love mothering, homeschooling, reading and writing best of all! I'm an avid journaler and blogger and am currently writing (and living!) a year-long study of the history of Utah for homeschoolers.
After a year at Smith College studying calculus, fiction, and education (in other words: not knowing yet what I wanted to study), I earned my Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Oboe Performance from The Juilliard School—spending years practicing long hours, making reeds, and performing in some of the world’s most famous concert halls. I took classes in poetry writing at Columbia University and toured with orchestras to Europe and Asia.
Connecting with kids is a passion of mine. I have taught private music lessons, worked in inner-NYC elementary and middle schools as a Teaching Artist for the Lincoln Center Institute and the New York Philharmonic, led workshops for public school teachers about how to bring the arts into their classrooms, hosted discovery-concerts to help ignite kids’ interest in classical music, led pre-school music and art classes, and taught homeschool co-op classes on varied subjects including chemistry, American Girl dolls, poetry, and wild animals. Last year my teenaged-daughter and I founded The Writer’s Guild at our local library—a youth-led writer’s critique group. Most importantly, I enjoy the privilege of witnessing my own children learn and grow. I have been homeschooling for 10 years.