I graduated in 1972 from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine with a degree in English. After an uninspiring stint as a waitress, I was selected to be an intern in a competency-based graduate program called the Maine Teacher Corps Program. It was based in what was then the University of Maine - Portland/ Gorham. In 1975, I graduated with an M.S. in Education from the University of Maine. In retrospect this program was way ahead of its time and reminds me of some of the basic tenants of this program of Union Institute & University. My roots in self-directed learning were established in this learning experience. Since then I have taught in central and northern Maine and central Vermont. I have taught in the Bethel and Randolph Schools in central Vermont. I have been a reading specialist and a Chapter 1 coordinator. I have taught 1st grade, a 2-6 multi-age class, 7/8 grade English, 5th and 6th grades, 3rd and 4th grades combined and currently in a "looping 1st and 2nd grade.
Around 1992 I became involved with creating and defining the local standards board in Randolph. I then became involved with the statewide Vermont Standards Board for Professional Educators. In 1999 - 2000 I was fortunate to serve as chair of this important policy-making group. Since then I have been involved with the ROPA (Results Oriented Program Approval) Program. This committee has twice revised the system and document which is used to approve teacher-training programs in Vermont. I have been committed to improving teacher training in Vermont, and this commitment echoes and reinforces with my commitment to the teacher licensure program at Union Institute & University in Montpelier, Vermont. I work mostly with pre-service teachers as they meet teacher licensure requirements but can also advise studies relating more broadly to education and children.
In my community of Randolph, Vermont I have served on the Boys and Girls Club Board, the local supervisory union Health Advisory Board, and am currently serving on the Orange County Court Diversion Board. One of my passions over the last 15 years or so has been to go on volunteer vacations to Africa or South America and work with indigenous groups on much-needed work projects such as health clinics, latrines or schools. I make no money, the work is hard but the spiritual and intellectual rewards are great. I like to think of it as an opportunity to learn and teach on a global scale.