I earned Bachelor and Master of Education degrees, and a
Master of Library and Information Science, and worked in Texas
public schools as a teacher and media specialist for 16 years.
After being a life-long Texan, a few years ago I moved with my
family to Florida. Many people spend their whole lives
planning to move to Florida for retirement, but I am blessed
to live here long before that time comes. Shortly after moving
away from Texas, I was admitted to the Interdisciplinary
Information Science Doctoral Program at University of North
Texas. This ironic turn has been made possible through the
wonders of the Internet and frequent flier miles.
In school, I loved to read, but I was
very nervous to read aloud in class, and I always messed up.
I never imagined that I would grow up and spend my days
reading aloud. When I became an elementary school library
media specialist, I read stories aloud all day long, and
decided that I loved it. Reading stories many times helped me
memorize them, so then I could just tell them, be more
involved with my student audience, and have fun with the
characters' expressions and voices. I always wanted to share
stories that would make my students excited about the story
and the place they heard it -- the library.
I probably gained the most storytelling
experience at church, telling Bible stories to children. Aside
from Bible stories, I like to tell stories that make listeners
laugh. Recently, I have been telling stories about old
ladies. That makes perfect sense; there are so many
storytellers in my family I can't get a word in, and -- they're
all old ladies!
several years, I worked on three school campuses each week. I
would read a story so many times in a week that I would have
it memorized. This was really put to the test one time when I
went to a job interview in a new school. The interview
committee asked me to tell them a story -- right then and there,
without any preparation. Thankfully, I remembered the one I
had read several times that week, and was able to tell it.
They must have liked it, because I got the job.