El Paso, TX
I am from the small town of Globe, Arizona but I currently
live in El Paso, Texas. My husband, David Ricke and I
originally moved to El Paso because of his military career,
but once that ended, we found that we had no desire to leave!
We have a nice little house and three babies. Okay, the
babies are not human, but they are our babies. We have a dog
named Slick, a gerbil named Pinky, and another gerbil named
The Brain. Could you think of a more perfect family?! I know
M.S. Candidate School of Library and Information Science
Graduate Academic Certificate in Youth Services in
Candidate Graduate Academic Certificate in Storytelling
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona
Center for Excellence in Education
As the oldest child in the family, it was my job to
entertain. Make believe made up a large part of
childhood and therefore stories made up a large part of
childhood too. At night my brother and I would form
collaborative stories with me starting and him finishing.
We really came up with some wacky stories, like "Kenny the
Killer Guerilla" who lived BEHIND Mexico!
Now I am studying storytelling because I really want to
hone my natural storytelling skills. I often practice
stories with the high school students that I work with
everyday. Mostly I love telling humorous stories but I
have found a great thrill in telling creepy, suspenseful, and
grotesque stories to the high school audience. Who knew
my petite package (5'3") could make six foot high school
students squirm! Overall, I am looking forward to
earning a Storytelling Certificate but I am mostly looking
forward to the future of telling stories.
As for miscellaneous information, I love to travel. Most
of my travel is outside of the United States! I don't know
why. I got my first passport in high school and traveled to
Greece, Italy, and Turkey. I got married in Korea thanks to
my G.I. fiance two years after I finished my undergraduate
degree. I have also recently been to Mexico and Canada and we
are currently planning a trip to Australia for this summer.
So in other words, I have lots of mileage and I am not slowing
down anytime soon!
I live by the motto of Joe Dirt:
"You got to 'Keep On Keepin' On"