I am the author of Evening Body, a poetry chapbook forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. My poetry and nonfiction essays have been seen in a variety of literary journals, including Gravel Mag, Flycatcher, Parable Press Mag, San Pedro River Review, and St. Katherine Review. (Check out my Publications page for a list of published work.) I earned my MFA in Creative Writing from Murray State University’s low-residency program in 2010.
I am a third culture kid who partially grew up in Bangkok, Thailand. Professionally, I have been in the K-12 education field for 15 years. I am an ESL teacher who taught in public schools for 11 years, and for the past 4 years I’ve been instructional coach. I mentor and train ESL teachers, and I love building those relationships and celebrating the successes of teachers and students. I earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 2000 and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction/ESL in 2003.
I am a Christian. Sort of. I was raised evangelical Protestant and converted to Eastern Orthodoxy over ten years ago. A couple of years ago I started asking some hard questions about the Christian faith, and now, I mostly call myself a faith-wrestler. You will find some of those faith-struggling stories on this blog.
I am a wife and mother of two children. I have to have a cup of coffee every morning, my nails are rarely painted, and I’m pretty obsessed with YA novels.
What do I write about?
On this blog I write about a variety of topics, including:
Spirituality and struggles with faith
Cross-cultural experiences and relationships
Reading and books
Family life and parenting
Teaching/learning/ESL – though these posts are few as I focus more on my personal life on this blog
(And occasionally geronimo stories that include tattoos.)
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