I always enjoyed writing stories and rhyming poems my whole life, and I always wanted to be an elementary school teacher, so I combined my two loves in my classroom! I often wrote stories, poems, raps, songs, and plays for my intermediate students during my 36 years of teaching fourth grade! I feel that my extensive teaching experience, and all the writing I did while teaching, is the perfect background for me to write good books for children. Also, I always loved to read good children’s books to my students whenever I got the chance, so I know what’s out there for them to read and I know what is missing and needs to be available for them to read. I definitely feel that my many years of teaching experience helps me to understand the needs of young children and how to help them! I believe that a teacher is the perfect person to author children’s books!