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I’ve always known I’m home at GRCC, having begun my teaching career here and eventually becoming Department head. I love helping writers in EN 101 and EN 102 find their voice and their passion, encouraging them to believe they are full of experiences and ideas and plans that will fuel their writing. I also teach EN 281 and 282 (British Literature I and II), and find joy in great conversation about  Beowulf to Frankenstein and beyond – 1400 years of great literature to confirm us as part of the same human family and to share with fellow learners in my class. I love teaching writing and literature because it’s about connections: connecting with writers and connecting with one another, and it’s a privilege to do this every day at GRCC.

Away from the College, I’m co-director of the Lake Michigan Writing Project, a professional development organization for teachers of writing. At home, I'm a happy empty-nester, watching my three grown daughters begin their professional lives and families, which now include three grandchildren. I’m a lover of 70’s music, reading, anything chocolate, and really great food. I’m also a fan of exercise and motorcycling and the promise of the open road – a great metaphor for life, because there are so many possibilities ahead for all of us.

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