After teaching high school English for 15 years at Hannahville Indian School/Nah Tah Wahsh School located on a Potawatomi reservation in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I was inspired to write my first Middle Grade novel, Cady and the Bear Necklace (HenschelHAUS Books, Milwaukee, WI).
I’ve received scholarships to study writing at the Split Rock Arts Institute/Univ. of MN and the Highlights Foundations sessions in Honesdale, PA as well as writers’ residencies at Wild Acres Retreat Center, NC. I started out as a newspaper reporter/photographer and returned to journalism after retiring from teaching. I love delving into “the story behind the story” whether it be of persons, places or things.
I continue to freelance for several publications while writing additional Middle Grade novels about my favorite character, 13-year-old Cady, and the challenges she faces—and overcomes—while solving mysteries.
I’m thrilled that Cady is a Midwest Independent Book Award winner and a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist. I’ve also received a 2020 SCBWI/MI chapter Member for Members Scholarship.
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Content Coordinator, Tri-City Neighbors Magazine 2017-2019
Marinette (WI) Public School System
Reading Interventionist (Leveled Reading), Title I Program
HANNAHVILLE INDIAN SCHOOL - WILSON, MI
Subjects Taught: Eng. 8, Eng. 9, American Lit., World Lit., Multimedia/Applied Eng., Journalism, Native Am. Lit., Business Eng.
and Career Prep. Ann team taught courses broadcast to other high schools in the UP and a class which produced a weekly half-hour radio program.
VITERBO COLLEGE, LaCrosse, WI
Master’s in Education with emphasis in Secondary Education
and Reading (WI License #316)
(Thesis: The Effect of Daily Journal Writing on Reading Ability at a Native American Charter School)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY
Certified in Language Arts Education, grades 7-12
(WI Teaching License)
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
Bachelor's degree awarded jointly by School of Journalism and School of Education
MI and WI Master Teacher to my credentials