Since my graduation from Michigan State University in 1973, I have been a teacher. I took one year off in the early '80's to start a pre-school and a second year off in 1999 for personal reasons. I taught in a small, very rural district near Lansing, Michigan for four years; a small, resort town on the northwest coast of Lower Michigan for 20; and in Detroit for two years. When I say "Detroit", I mean Detroit, not like saying "I live in Milwaukee" when I really live in Oak Creek. My last school in The D was on 7 Mile Road on the northwest side. My first job there was on East Jefferson downtown. We could see Windsor across the river. A short second marriage brought me to Wisconsin where I began my current ten year stint in Racine Unified. I have taught every grade, PK-12, with 31 years in an elementary classroom, including five years in kindergarten and nine years in fourth grade.
In Unified, I have taught reading at McKinley Middle School and Case High, four years at each. I was the lead teacher for an excellent program for challenged freshmen readers. The program is Read 180. I am in my fourth year at Red Apple Elementary, one of Racine's magnet schools.
My degrees after high school are a BA in elementary education from Michigan State University, a masters in reading instruction, also from Michigan State, and a second masters in school administration from National-Louis University in Milwaukee. I am a Detroit pro sports fan (Lions and Tigers and Pistons and Wings, oh my!) and I bleed Green and White.
I have three adult children in their 30's and a eight year old grandson.