I’m a former medical technologist, research scientist, writer, and editor. For the past eight years I’ve taught Freshman Composition at the local community college and for the past seven, I’ve taught pregnant and parenting teens at the Margaret Hudson Program in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Currently, in addition to continuing at the community college, I teach all science courses (four!), junior English, Newspaper/Yearbook, and Creative Writing. I also just recently took on a part-time gig teaching technology classes at the Eighth Floor Technology Center for educators.
Science, technology, and language arts classes might seem like odd bedfellows, but they represent my deepest interests. I got turned on to science as a youngster when my father (a chemist) gave me a chemistry set for Christmas. At the same time, I learned early to appreciate the printed word. My mother was at one time a journalist, an amateur playwright, and an avid reader–passions I must have absorded in utero. I’ve written several books (one published) and still read four or five books a month.
My first job was as a clerk in a hospital laboratory, where my brother-in-law worked as a medical technologist. I was a senior in high school and had no career goals, but I was fascinated with the goings-on in the lab and eventually entered college and graduated with a degree in biology/medical technology. And so began my weirdly circuitous career path. Considering the early influences of family members on my interests and careers, one wonders where I’d be today if there had been carpenters, hairdressers, or attorneys in the family.