Chalkboard. That's what I wanted from Santa for Christmas when I was 8 years old. Luckily for me I was a good girl and Santa brought me a beautiful 60 x 40 inch flip chalkboard with green slate on one side and black on the other. I had many imaginary students such as Tommy, Johnny, Sally, and Jason. I collected all extra "ditto's" from my 3rd and 4th grade teachers at Frost Elementary to contribute to my makebelieve world. I played school, day in and day out until I outgrew it. Only here I am many years later and my dream is no longer makebelieve. I have the privilege everyday to teach real children how to do things like count money, learn to read, and write super-sentences.
However, I made a pit stop along my journey and studied Psychology at the University of Cincinnati where I earned a B.A. in Psychology. I worked as a case manager for a mental health agency for 5 years before considering switching my career path to become a teacher. The next 5 years I worked in a school based program with at-risk children. During this time I felt the call to education and pursued a master’s degree in special education.
I live in Delhi, just across the river. When I'm not playing school, I am a mother of 4 boys. This keeps me really busy outside of school playing taxicab driver between sporting events and practices.
I feel every person has a natural talent. It may be reading or writing. It may be sports. It may be art. It may be helping others talk through problems. Whatever it is we can all learn something new and grow a little more each day with practice.