My mother was an artist but I didn't want to be an artist because I wanted to do something different and not copy her. My best subject in high school was biology but when I found how how much math I needed to take to become a biology teacher I changed my mind.
I met an amazing woman when I became a girl scout camp counselor. She was an art teacher - one of the best I' ve known. I knew I that art and teaching were my two biggest strengths so I decided to become an art teacher like her. I was only 15 when I taught my first class in an elementary school. (I had asked my teachers to help me set this up).
I went to Rowan (called Glassboro then) and began teaching as soon as I could find an opening. There was a teacher glut at the time. I got an MA and 60 credits later.
I have loved my job from day one. I still enjoy what I do 25 years later. Luckily I landed in a wonderful school with great staff, supportive parents, big supply budget and highly motivated students (sometimes too much so, due to parental pressure).
I've taught art for many summers but now I stay home with my little daughter. This year she's going to day camp for a month so I plan to draw and do watercolors, garden, and spend lots of time in Margate on the beach where my mother lives.