Some might say that I have skated through life, but I’ve learned a lot, and if you learn, you must teach. When I was 17, I thought I would grow up to teach skating.
Currently, I blog while practicing my writing and photography skills.
At 35 I finally achieved my life goal and began my 25th year teaching and consulting career in Tulare County California.
One of my former fifth-grade students, Stacy, now teaches history and another student, Heather, has a high school aged daughter who participated in Mock Trial, which I coordinated for the County. Several of my students and student classroom aides became teachers including Jaime Donate, at history teacher in Los Angeles, and Ernesto Hernandez, a fourth-grade teacher. How proud can a teacher get?
I taught a fourth-grade bilingual class at Castle Rock School in Woodlake, California.
The last time I saw my student, Joel, he was getting ready to go to law school. I’ll never forget when he fell out of his seat laughing at the chapter in Sideways Stories from Wayside School about the student who was getting a tattoo.
I worked as Migrant Program Coordinator and create a program similar to Math Matters for teachers in rural schools, designed curriculum and training for home preschool educators in the Migrant MEES Program.
I ended my career, but not my life, as the History Consultant for Educational Resource Services at Tulare County Office of Education for nearly 11 years. (Thus the name TC History Gal)
Students wait nervously before they present their case before an actual trial judge at the Tulare County Courthouse against a team from another Tulare County high school.
Wonderful opportunities beyond my wildest expectations came my way during my career as a teacher and consultant. I retired in August 2012.
My Continuing Career in Education
Retirement does not mean leaving my former professional life entirely. For a short time after I served on the Executive Cabinet of California Council for the Social Studies, they employed me as their Executive Director. Today, a wonderful friend, Laurie Mosier, holds that position while I continue to volunteer for a local affiliate of the state organization, San Joaquin Valley Council for the Social Studies (SJVCSS). As a member of that board, I also manage the SJVCSS website and monitor the Twitter, Pinterest, and LinkedIn accounts. Advocating for educators and providing resources for them remains a passion.
Pitch for Joining a Professional Organization
If you teach or like social studies please go to smile.amazon.com when you order from Amazon, and choose California Council for the Social Studies as your charity. Amazon will donate a portion of whatever your order. And if you teach social studies – Join your state and national councils – local councils are automatic, at least in California. I’ve made the most wonderful lifetime friends through my involvement with them.
- Community involvement
- Board Member: Kiwanis of Woodlake, Woodlake Chamber of Commerce
- Images of America Woodlake – a direct result of blogging.
- So You Think You Can Blog? – a direct result of blogging
- Other Published Blogs
In June an editor from Arcadia Publishing contacted me about writing a pictorial history book on the Tulare County town of Woodlake. I sent my final draft to them December 6th, and the book should hit the shelves in June 2015. All proceeds from this book will go to the Woodlake High School Foundation to fund scholarships to Woodlake students.
I participated in NaNoWriMo 2015, and submitted my first novel, Girls on Fire, some of which appears in draft form on this site as I learn the intricacies of novel-writing.