As a teacher I found that children learned much more readily when they were enjoying the process. Consequently, I used lots of learning games, crafts and puppets to reinforce basic skills. The children loved this approach and so did I. Reluctant learners became enthusiastic ones!

At the urging of other educators I wrote two books on the subject, JOYFUL LEARNING, and A WHALE IN A PAIL. An article I wrote in the CHICKEN SOUP series, FROM LEMONS TO LEMONADE, details the story of how JOYFUL LEARNING came to be.

A few years ago my husband and I found the bargain of the century, our little “weekend getaway” in the country. We¬†call this place “El Cielo” which means Heaven in Spanish. And Heaven it surely is! It is a perfect description of our little house in the northern woods! It is 20 acres of country bliss and quiet and serves as my art studio and my inspiration for the Virgencita crafts.

I have a Master of Divinity and a Master of Education degree. I have been actively involved in the RCIA program at my parish for seven years and have written articles for the NATIONAL CATHOLIC REGISTER, THE CATHOLIC REGISTER, ST. ANTHONY MESSENGER and others. I am married and have one adult son.