Joy of Author & Teacher Life

Here they are as eighth graders joining me during a presentation at the Chicago Public Library. Iโ€™m honored and humbled to still be in contact with former students and their families. Itโ€™s one of the things I take considerable pride in as a teacher. I know Iโ€™ve made a difference in the lives of myContinue reading “Joy of Author & Teacher Life”

In Person School Visit

I had my first school visit on Friday after 25 months of virtual events. There is nothing more gratifying to connect with children in person. I loved reading Aliana Reaches for the Moon to each group, seeing their faces (some in masks, some not) during the story and hearing their reactions during and after theContinue reading “In Person School Visit”

Why I’m feeling over the moon ๐ŸŒ™ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŒ

This week, we received accolades from two STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals for the book ALIANA REACHES FOR THE MOON.ย  “This short childrenโ€™s book imparts many pearls of wisdom about the qualities of a scientist, while telling an engaging story about a girlโ€™s caring relationship with her younger brother. Using her ingenuity, imagination, andContinue reading “Why I’m feeling over the moon ๐ŸŒ™ ๐Ÿ’œ ๐ŸŒ”

Dinosaur Ridge

A great day for a field trip with second and third graders. We learned about fossils and how different the climate of this area is from 65 million years ago. The idea that Colorado was a tropical area (palm frond fossils prove this) and that dinosaurs are more closely related to birds than lizards (theContinue reading “Dinosaur Ridge”