I have been a national consultant since 2000, but I still have “those ‘back-to-school’ dreams in the fall.” After playing school in the basement of my childhood home in Lititz, Pennsylvania, I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Millersville University and Temple University and spent the next thirty years as an educator.
My love of teaching stems from my love of learning. I have always loved learning. Becoming a teacher was a way I could share that love of learning with children and eventually, adults.
A big part of my learning is listening to teachers and their professional development needs. When I work with teachers, I try to understand their needs by finding out what they know and listening to their questions. Then I begin where they are and work with them to help them take the next steps toward where they (and/or their school systems) want (them) to be. I believe in professional reading and professional learning communities, and support teachers in their quest to best meet the needs of all students in their classrooms.
My ideas for my books also come from my work with teachers. I listen for frequently asked questions, patterns, teachers’ needs and keep a writer’s notebook to collect ideas, thoughts, and notes. Often, the old joke comes to mind: “how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.” That’s how I write: Bit by bit, on planes, in hotel rooms, in my office on a rare day. Teachers’ questions and comments spur me on through my daily, ongoing work in classrooms, which sustains my work.”
I love spending time with my family– my son and daughter, their spouses, and my two grandchildren!. I enjoy spending time outdoors, especially walking, hiking, biking, and exploring. .
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