I grew up in Buffalo, NY, the youngest of three sisters.
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a dancer, and a scout for Mariah Carey even considered me for a part in one of her videos. But, alas, being too short and too nervous, that professional dream faded over time, and in middle school, a new dream was born.
My eighth grade social studies teacher asked questions that didn’t have easy answers, and he pushed me to think for myself. It was in his class that I decided to become a teacher and inspire others the way he had done for me. So I went to college and got a job teaching third and sixth graders in Clarence, NY, focusing mainly on language arts and social studies. Later, my family and I moved to Pennsylvania, and I became an Education Instructor at Bloomsburg and Bucknell Universities. In all of my teaching, I wanted my students to question and to determine their own meaning and understanding within the course context.
Now, I continue to tackle hard questions through writing. My stories seek to find truth and hope in all situations, and examine how experiences shape us. I believe that our outlook and attitude can allow us to thrive in a complex world. There is both pain and love in all of our interactions; there is beauty in everything.
I navigate these musings, and occasionally more lighthearted topics, with my husband, three children, and puggle at our home in Central Pennsylvania.