Back in high school, I received the "Excellence in English" award from my teachers and the "Most Likely to Win the Pulitzer Prize" senior superlative award from my fellow students. While I haven't achieved that distinction yet, I read and/or write every single day.
By attending SCBWI writing conferences, I've learned from some of the most talented and popular authors, editors, and agents today. The knowledge I've gained has given me insights into the creative writing process as well as the ability to deeply analyze books. I share these insights with my students and enjoy engaging in interactive discussions about the books they are assigned. I'm more than happy to recommend books for discussion as well.
I'm passionate about grammar, punctuation, spelling, and vocabulary. In fact, I believe the best way to grow vocabulary is organically through through READING. Hopefully, sometime soon, my students will be reading MY books!
I'm also passionate about family, friends, animals (especially my dog Honey), travel, music in the schools, chocolate, and equality for all. Check out this inspirational blog post I wrote on writersrumpus.com entitled, "Write What you Love."
*Union College, B.A. in Economics
*Stern School of Business at NYU, M.B.A. in Marketing
*MA Teacher's License - English, Grades 5-12
*Reading/Writing/Test Prep Tutor grades 3-12, privately and through Wyzant.com for 10+ years
*College Essay Coach
*Literacy Volunteer in the Merrimack Valley, grades K-8
*Usborne Books Representative
*Financial Planning and Analysis, Marketing Research, Product Management, and Pricing Specialist positions at various Fortune 100 companies
*Member of SCBWI, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
* "A Scripted Life" short story published on shortfictionbreak.com, Winter 2017
*Monthly blogger for Writer's Rumpus, my Andover-based SCBWI group's blog
*A Spoonful of Grammar blog - under the MY GRAMMAR BLOG tag on my website
*Stories range from Concept Books to Young Adult Novels
*Participant in annual conferences, writing contests, and multiple critique groups