I started my sixth year as a teacher-librarian II in America’s public schools in August, 2014, at Lodge Grass Public Schools in Lodge Grass, Montana. The Lodge Grass School District is a class B district in the Billings area of Montana and Sheridan area of Wyoming with 300 students. This is my first year with the Lodge Grass District. Previously, I finished my fifth year of service in May, 2013, at Valdez City Schools in Valdez, Alaska, and prior to that I served for three years at two other school districts in Montana.
I am passionate about English literature, both for adults and children, and I am a blogger, tweeter, and webmaster. I also have a strong interest in making libraries the best they can be. For recreation I like to downhill ski, hike, be outdoors, read (mostly novels), watch movies and a few television shows (the ’80’s sitcom “Family Ties is one of my favorites), and swim. Visit The Pen and the Paintbrush on tumblr at http://thepenandthepaintbrush.tumblr.com/. The two blogs complement one another. On the tumblr one you’ll find shorter posts: fun literary tidbits, literary pictures, quotes, author information, musings about books and other literary-related information.
2010 – Present: M.Ed. Master of Education in Elementary Education, Curriculum & Instruction With K-8 Teaching Licensure; Montana State University – Billings
2008: K-12 Library Media, Montana State University – Bozeman
2008: K-12 Reading, Montana State University – Bozeman
2004: English Teaching Certification (Grades 5 – 12), Montana State University – Bozeman
1988-1990; 1995-1997: Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, Montana State University – Bozeman
1987: High School Diploma, Saint John’s Preparatory School – Collegeville, Minnesota