Children in many different countries of the world have always been a part of my life. I received my BA in Library Science Education at the University of Maryland and embarked upon my career as a Library Media Specialist. My first experience was in a middle school in Maryland. A few years later, I had the opportunity to work in Portugal at the United States Embassy in Lisbon coordinating programs with the children’s librarians in their schools and public libraries.
My next position took me to The American School of Milan, Italy. During my seven-year-tenure, I received my MEd in Curriculum and Instruction from Framingham State University’s study abroad program. I also had a chance to serve as Chairperson of the (ECIS) European Council of International Schools Library/Media Committee, coordinating and presenting at the yearly conferences, and was the editor of THE LINK, the ECIS newsletter. While in Milan, I had the good fortune to meet my husband who is also a teacher. Visits to nearby France, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, and Great Britain were always a part of our life.
Before returning to the States, we both taught for a year at The Frankfurt International School in Germany. Then I accepted a position as consultant for SIRS CD-ROM Resources and my husband and I visited schools all over the U.S. in our Recreational Vehicle. Finally, we felt it was time to settle down. We accepted positions in a private school in Fort Worth, Texas, bought our first home, and found our perfect dog, a West Highland Terrier that we called Petie.
After five years in Texas, we received an invitation to teach at The American School of Bombay, India. The travel bug popped up again and we could not resist! We taught in their ultra-modern international school with children from forty-eight different countries. Petie often visited me in the library much to the children’s delight. Living in India gave us the opportunity to travel to Egypt, Thailand, Malaysia, Israel, Jordan and Morocco. Five years later, we returned to the States and accepted positions in a charter school near Boston, Massachusetts. After a number of snowy and icy winters, we decided to move to Florida where we hope to stay. Unless…
When I look back at all our travels and remember the children from so many countries and cultures, I am bursting with stories. It is time to share through picture books, chapter books and novels. I might even write a memoir! Our son, who spent most of his school years abroad, pops his head up in my stories and so does Petie!