TEACHING EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching creative writing and creative reading to both adults and children for many years. I have given workshops in schools throughout the country, in Washington, California, Colorado, Vermont and Montana, as well as overseas in New Zealand.

I have presented at the NCTE National conference and a number of regional NCTE, IRA and ALA conferences. I served for several years as the regional director for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and taught many workshops for them.

Biography


I was born in Lakewood, Colorado and grew up in the Rocky Mountains skiing, camping, rock hounding and reading. My father was a geologist; my mother was one of the first ski bums and they gave me a deep love for sport and the outdoors. They also filled my life with books and stories.

I have always loved to read and my second grade teacher, Becky Meyers shared her love of the Pooh stories with us and gave me my first encouragement to write. One of the highlights of my life was returning to her classroom as the visiting author just before she retired.

A desire to see the ocean led me to attend the University of Puget Sound for my BA in English and love of travel sent me to the University College of Dublin for my junior year. After moving to Montana, I got my master's degree in Linguistics, with a special emphasis in the reading process, at the University of Montana.

I have lived in many different places. In Tacoma, Washington I ran an antiquarian bookstore and worked on the ski patrol. In Montana, my current home, I have taught skiing and volunteered in Glacier National Park where my husband was a backcountry ranger. I have also taught English as a Second Language to foreign students at the University. Several years ago we had the opportunity to live in New Zealand for three years, where I studied bookbinding and continued my writing career.

In addition to writing and teaching, I tutor for the Literacy Volunteers of America and am on the Missoula First Book Board. I have two teenage sons who are avid outdoorsmen and readers.

Selected Works

Picture Books
A celebration of rocks: climbing rocks, wishing rocks, worry rocks and more. Ages 2 and up.
A true story of a grizzly bear in Glacier National Park. Ages 6 and up.
Middle Grade and Up
A mouse who lives in a bookstore discovers the joy of words and reading and the terrible dangers of censorship. Ages 8 and up.
A collection of original folktales celebrating the power of storytelling. Ages 7 and up.