I am a reader, writer, mother, schoolteacher, who lives in Shaker Heights, OH, where I am the Head of Laurel School, an all girls’ school, K-12 with a coed Pre-primary. My husband, Seth, and I have three children: Miranda, Cordelia and Atticus. Three rescue dogs, two full-grown cats, a new kitten plus a long-living goldfish named Shark make up our menagerie. Our house is filled with piles of books—both read and unread. Actually, it’s filled with piles of stuff because books to read and stories to write and papers to correct always trump housework. What keeps me up at night is thinking about how to do the best job I can educating girls without feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of the task.
Inspired by a visit by Naomi Shihab Nye to Laurel some years, ago, I have found my way back to writing every day and have shared pieces from time to time on the Huffington Post and on other terrific blogs including Literary Mama, Mothers Always Write, Mamalode, the Good Mother Project, Mutha, and the Brevity Blog. My writing about schools and teaching has appeared in Independent School Magazine, on the NAIS Inspiration Blog, and in Community Works Institute Journal. In fall of 2016, a chapter of mine was published in What I Didn't Know, a Creative Nonfiction In Fact book about becoming a teacher.
I have been an English and drama teacher for more than thirty years. Teaching has never bored me. One of my favorite things to do is to make plays in collaboration with my students. The girls in the Laurel Primary and I do this each spring! For twenty-seven summers, Seth and I ran the Ensemble Theatre Community School, a residential summer theatre training program for high school actors in Eagles Mere, PA.
Eagles Mere is the place I think of as home. My family has spent summers in Eagles Mere since 1912. Much of my personal writing centers on my family’s experiences in this tiny town on top of a mountain.
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