Since earning my B.S. in English Education and Bible at Northwestern College (now the University of Northwestern), I have had a variety of roles in the fields of education and literature. Some of these include classroom teacher, online teacher, corporate tutor, and private tutor. I have also been involved with the homeschool community since 2005 as both a parent-educator and a writing and literature teacher at various co-ops.
In addition to operating Once Upon a Pen and The Denim Beret Writing Program, I also write on a freelance basis. I have written articles for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, two courses for SchoolhouseTeachers.com, instructional materials for two educational companies, and creative stories, poems, and essays for a variety of small magazines and anthologies. In 2021 I expect the release of two books with a major publisher. More details to come!
Along with my degree, I hold a certificate in children's fiction writing from the Institute of Children's Literature. As a member of the worldwide Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, I continue to pursue my lifelong dream of writing for children.
Currently, I live with my family and naughty kitten in southern Tennessee. When I find time to relax, I usually put my nose in a book or enjoy television shows and movies. I also enjoy music, theater, Irish ceili dancing, the Renaissance Festival, traveling, and working out. Okay, maybe not working out--but it sounds good! And I do it...on occasion...