I was born and raised in the Acre, in Lowell, Massachusetts. After high school I decided to move to Colorado, just because, where I lived for 7 years before returning home to New England, and Lowell. I began taking my first college courses at UMass Lowell when I was 35, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in English, then a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction. I found one of my passions is teaching, and I taught for 18 years, including elementary and middle school students as well as teachers. Teaching writing, sharing the joy that comes with writing, and seeing students become excited about putting words together have been incredibly rewarding. Now I am fortunate enough to pursue my deepest passion, writing.