In the spring of 1969 as I filled out applications for teaching jobs, a difficult question for an eager young teacher-to-be to answer, “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” needed a special answer. I loved my student teaching position. I hoped I would love my first teaching position. But where did I see myself in ten years? Hmmm?
|Tilton School 2nd grade|
Thinking long and hard I wrote, “I plan to write a
children’s book. In ten years I see
myself as a children’s author.” That
dream did not come true. For ten years
later, I was the mother of a toddler with another baby on the way. What I had done was tell stories to my second
grade classes and obtain my master’s degree with a dual emphasis on library and
media. But still I wanted to write.
|Preschool Story Hour|
|My son's birthday party.|
My children grew. The volunteer task of holding the preschool storytime at our public library was offerd. It was fun, I told stories, learned finger plays and silly songs. All the children loved what we did and I became a minor local celeb. But still I wanted to write.
children grew. They started school, I
obtained a position as secondary librarian in a nearby school district. I taught students how to find
information. We used Billy Joel’s “WeDidn't Start the Fire” as a fun
way to start the freshmen on the road to scholarship. The middle-schoolers learned research through
History Fair and Science Fair. And I
introduced storytelling to these students, who loved it. But still I wanted to write.
|Telling stories at Ortega Middle School|
My children grew. They attended the colleges of their choice, graduated and started their own lives. Now I was working only with the upper grades. I still told stories and read new books to the students. We learned research skills by making science booklets for the kindergartners and first graders. The internet grew more sophisticated. So the students and I together learned how to sift through the myriads of stuff to find just what we needed. The principal directed me to help with the gifted and talented program. My partner and I worked on reading, poetry, math, science, computer skills and storytelling. The storytellers told their stories to the kindergartners and first graders and learned the joy that comes with sharing a story well-told. But still I wanted to write.
|Telling stories for my grandson's class.|