When I Was Young
I was born in Ann Arbor on July 21st, 1968 but grew exness up in Milford, Michigan where I have lived ever since. It is a very peaceful town with fun things to do, plenty of places to catch frogs, and no tall buildings. I think I plan to stay here forever.
I have a younger brother, Ben. When we were young he was fun to bother and my girlfriends and I used to make him play house with us. One time I tied him to our tire swing and he got stuck there. Another time I sent him down exness trade the stairs zipped up in a sleeping bag. But the worst thing I did to him was accidentally pull his arm out of its socket while jumping on the bed. (See, that really is dangerous!) Now he is an engineer and bigger than me. I dont pick on him anymore.
When I was little I loved to play with my friends, ride bikes, and play board games. We lived on an apple orchard and I loved to climb the apple trees; especially the "Horsey Tree". I loved school. I loved my teachers. I loved to pretend I was a teacher and made up worksheets of math for my little brother to do. I guess it was good practice because when I grew up I became a real teacher. I had thought about becoming a nurse until Ben got shot in the leg with a bow & arrow. (No, it wasnt me!) As soon as I saw that, I realized I was exness trading really more suited to be a teacher.
When I was young, I was pretty shy. My handwriting was super messy and I hated to read. I won a writing contest in elementary school with a story called "The Green-Scaled Dragon". I figured then that I must be a pretty good writer and ever since I have loved to write. Luckily, somewhere along the line, I also learned to love reading. My handwriting became a little better, too.
In Junior High and High School, I enjoyed playing on the tennis team and being on the yearbook staff. I loved taking pictures and photography is still a great hobby of mine today. A friend once bought me a darkroom set and I love developing my own black & white prints.
I went to college at Michigan State University, Oakland Community College, and then finished up at Eastern Michigan University. Thats where I got my degree in Elementary Education. During college I worked at a daycare center and confirmed that I really enjoyed working with kids. I went on to teach at 2 elementary schools in Milford for about 6 years. I taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades. I loved these grades because the kids learn so much and grow so fast but still love to do fun projects and be silly with me.
Later, I went back to EMU and got a Masters Degree in Teaching Reading. I love reading and I love helping kids become better readers. Right now I am tutoring elementary and middle school kids. It is super fun. Sometimes I miss teaching at my old school, but this way I still get to be a teacher and I also get to be home to help out in my own kids classrooms.
I have two little children, two boys. Jordan is in 3rd grade, and Justin is in 1st grade. Jordan loves to play with his friends and his stuffed animals. Justin likes to have little wars between his guys and Play-Doh. Their Dad, Shawn McKinley, works with computers and is, by the way, completely responsible for this entire website. We have 2 cats named Mittens and Jinx.
When I am not working in the boys classrooms or tutoring, you will usually find me reading. I love to write, too, and want to write more, but its tough to find time when there are so many great things to read!
My favorite books are good, realistic fiction; theyre especially nice if they have an unexpected twist in them somewhere. I also have a collection of childrens books that is close to taking over our house. Although it would be impossible to name them all, my favorite childrens authors are probably Eric Carle (for his easy-to-read text and timeless lessons) and Chris Van Allsburg (for those ah-ha! endings I am so fond of). I also admit to being completely hooked on the Harry Potter series.
These days, my favorite things to do are: sleeping in a little on a Sunday morning, reading a really good book on a sunny beach, taking some black & white photos at the park with my family, going for walks, watching the sunset on Lake Michigan or the sunrise over the ocean in Virginia. I love crab legs and potato chips and I think no one can ever get too many hugs or be too kind.
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