Ever since I was 7 years old, I knew I wanted to be a teacher someday. I was the kind of kid who would take the extra worksheets home from school. I set up a classroom of my own in the basement and put my younger brother and sister to work. I realized I wanted to be a writer around the same time. I’ve got pages and pages of old stories, poems, and terrible pop songs. (It was the 80s. What can I say? My very best lyric: “I got this crazy feeling when I saw you at the mall.”) When I used to imagine my life, I saw myself living in a house on a hill with a little pond out back—a quiet place where I could write and be myself. Actually, that whole thing still sounds really good to me.
I first came to Ithaca College when I was 17 years old. I started out as a Psychology major, switched to Exploratory, and ended up a Planned Studies major and Writing minor. When I took Personal Essay as a junior, I began to realize what kind of writer and teacher I hoped to be someday. I took a few years off after graduation, worked as a massage therapist and office manager, and then went back to school. I got my MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Goucher College. I’ve been teaching here since 2005. I really enjoy working with my students and being a part of the IC community.
- personal essay/memoir
- creative nonfiction
- women's studies
- M.F.A. Creative Nonfiction, Goucher College, 2005
- B.A. Planned Studies, Ithaca College, 1998