Teacher, Writer, Experiencer of Life
The Professional Stuff
A man of many distractions, I guess I could call myself a writer who teaches elementary school on Bainbridge Island, Washington (or vice versa). I earned both a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education from Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington (1991 and 1998, respectively). As of June, 2015, I'll have earned my Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Pacific Lutheran Univsersity.
I'm also an active part of the Puget Sound Writing Project, a division of the National Writing Project. It's a valuable program helps teachers redefine themselves as "writers", thus creating the same opportunities for their students.
In 1995 I met my husband Shayne and, in 2000, we adopted our youngest son Dmitry from Russia (he was 17 months old at the time). Soon after, we moved from our home in Central Seattle to a five acre piece of land in Kingston, WA. Returning to the classroom (from school administration) was a gift that presented itself to me, and was one of the most rewarding decisions I ever made.
Apparently, Shayne and I came to the conclusion that we had too much time, energy, sanity and money, because in 2005 we brought two foster boys into our home, then adopted them a year later.
Today, the whole brood is 16 (Dmitry), 19 (Dylan) and 22 (David).
The Other Stuff
Besides reading, writing and appreciating great films, I'm a huge travel nut. In the past 16 years, I've traveled to/through Southeast Asia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, France, Germany, Guatemala and Belize. In the summer of 2009, Shayne and I revisited our backpacking passions and made our way through Morocco and in the summer of 2010 we took our eldest son through south central China. In 2013, we repeated the experience with our middle son, this time heading to Guatemala and Belize. Both of these were opportunities that were worth every penny.