No Lie:

  • I had a student set fire to their desk and I was scolded for putting the fire out. Isn't that what the fire extinguisher is there for?
  • Did you know Abraham Lincoln was the first president of the United States? According to one of my student's parents, he was. :(


  • I have never graduated from trainer skis. I figure they're short, I'm works.
  • Cheesecake Factory is my favorite restaurant, but I don't like cheesecake.
  • I'm two degrees separated from Kevin Bacon (still cool, right?).
  • Barbara Bel Geddes (Miss Ellie) was my paternal grandfather's first cousin and he delivered Candice Bergen.


  • Comic: The Peanuts
  • Superhero: Wonder Woman
  • Colors: silver, purple, blue
  • Food: Italian
  • Decade: 1940's
  • Music Decade: 1970's
  • Movie: Shawshank Redemption
  • T.V. Shows: NCIS, This Is Us
  • Literary Character: Anne Shirley
  • Children's Book: The Little Engine That Could
  • Actress: Sandra Bullock
  • Tea: Vanilla Rooibos
  • Starbuck's Latte: Gingerbread
  • Quarterback: Drew Brees
  • Art project: collages
  • Pet: dogs


  • Moment: driving up Highway 1 with my sister in my (then) new car, watching the sunset over the water, with Clocks by Coldplay playing on the stereo
  • Compliment: when parents tell me their child is a better writer or loves writing after being in my class


  • Lived in 8 states, including all the ones that begin with C.
  • My parents are named Dick and Mary Jane...aka Dick and Jane.
  • Unintentionally executed a 360 over a ski fence on a mountain bike and lived to tell the tale (no casts required).
  • My arrival in the world was announced on local radio because my Dad had switched over to FM that day.
  • There's an English rose that has the same name and spelling as my own.
  • My maternal grandmother was one of the first airline stewardesses for American Airlines and taught me the importance of perseverance.

Being a Chicagoan, I...

  • root for the Cubs (#northsider)
  • love Giordanio's deep dish pizza (Lou who?)
  • can drive in just about any weather
  • think of L as more than just a letter

Fun Facts