I was born and raised in Maple Valley, Washington, where I grew up playing soccer, selling boxes of apples by the roadside, and building forts in the woods. I graduated from Tahoma High School, just like my parents and even my grandparents!
From a young age, I enjoyed reading and writing. I started writing songs when I was in kindergarten and moved on to “publishing” my own newspaper that was only ever delivered to my parents. I loved writing stories, poetry, and essays, and was the editor of my high school newspaper. (Fortunately, and unfortunately, I still have all of the aforementioned masterpieces, even those song lyrics!)
It was only natural that I would pursue English in college, though I ditched the idea of being a journalist. I graduated from Central Washington University, taught for awhile, earned a master’s degree from The University of Montana, and taught some more… 17 years so far, hanging out with teenagers. (I have the greatest job!)
I am currently an English teacher in Washington, where I live with two sons. And I still love to read and write. When I’m not doing those things, I hike around Mount Rainier and travel whenever and wherever, whether it’s packing up and heading to a new country or just climbing into the car for a road trip.
Photo by Ron Storer