University of North Carolina Wilmington (English, Writing)
Vermont College of Fine Arts (Master's)
I have always loved reading, and when I entered college I knew that I wanted to work in the field of children's literature. I have a two-year degree in library information technology, specializing in Children's Library Services. I received my bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, and I am currently in the final semester of my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. It is always a wonderful thing to put the right book into the hands of a young person, and see their eyes light up with an understanding of the value of reading in their own lives. I feel that through reading we become the best people we can be, with the ability to go places in our imaginations that we never could in real life, the chance to meet strangers who become friends as we accompany them on their journeys, and the chance to gain wisdom and an experience of human nature that enables us to understand and appreciate the differences - and similarities - between people of different cultures, races, and religions.
The ability to read well is the most important factor in a child's ability to succeed in school and in life. As Dr. Seuss said, "The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." In the world today ignorance is the greatest danger to freedom. I believe that if someone reads they cannot remain ignorant, It is my passion to awaken hearts and minds through reading, and - who knows? - the child who reads today may be the writer of tomorrow.
I have an excellent vocabulary, have read at least tens of thousands of books, and am dedicated to sharing my love of reading with children. I have also had personal experience in overcoming crippling shyness as a person with the developmental disability Asperger Syndrome and being able to speak in public. I can't claim to be an expert on educating people who have disabilities, but I feel that my personal experiences make a compassionate and understanding advocate for children who face a variety of challenges.
Please feel free to contact me for a personal conversation, either in person or via email, and I will be happy to discuss ways in which I can help you achieve your goals. I have always loved reading, and when I entered college I knew that I wanted to work in the field of children's literature. I have a two-year degree in library information technology, specializing in Children's Library Services. I received my bachelor's degrees in English Literature and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in English: Literary Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. I am in the last semester for my Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and will graduate in July 2016.
While beginning my education at the community college level, I completed the required Public Speaking course with a grade of "A." I presented a lecture at the 2014 Southeastern Women's Studies Association conference in Wilmington, NC. I have spoken several times in front of large groups attending meetings for university events, people with disabilities, and at Buddhist gatherings in Jacksonille, NC. I am currently preparing my senior lecture for the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, which will be delivered during the July 2016 residency.
I believe that in order to succeed in life one must be able to read well. Reading well enables children to understand and interact with the world; unfortunately, reading doesn't come easily or naturally to every child. I work one-on-one at the child's reading level to help them to develop a love of books and reading, with lessons that speak to them on their level. Empowering a child through confidence-building, positive reinforcement, and genuine encouragement is necessary not just to get a child reading, but to help them to love reading, a quality which will form a long-term commitment to the written word/