Meet Miss M

It won't take long for you to find out that I love animals!  I lost my dog, Baxter, of 11 years to cancer a few of years ago, but have been blessed with another "puppy" in my life, Rowdy!  He's a border collie/Australian shepherd mix. He loves fetching his frisbee and tennis balls, enjoys learning at "tricks" classes at Good Dog Rising, and we are hoping to renew our therapy team certification sometime in the future so we can visit kids in hospitals and residents in retirement homes!   

I started taking horse riding lessons in the summer of 2006; it took me until I was 40, but I finally realized my childhood dream of riding! After riding my instructor's horses for 8 years, in August of 2014 I was blessed with my first horse!  His name is Nevada - he's a "big boy"; Canadian breed (a cross breed of the draft Andalusion, Arab and Spanish Barb).  He and I continue to get to know one another and grow in our partnership! 

Over the years, I have also had other pets too including chinchillas, a ferret and a hedgehog. Of course, I'd love to have a wolf! But they are better off in the wild! I hope to visit some of our national parks to see them in their natural habitat some day!

I've gone to Scotland many summers, with my first trip in 1995. I often went for missions trips, but also go to visit friends. I actually lived one summer in Buckie, Scotland! For several years, one of the "kids" I met in Scotland lived with me - she has since completed her degree from HACC, worked here in the states for a while, and now moved back home to Scotland and will become a "Mrs. this summer!!  One of the other youngsters I have been honored to know while in Scotland is now a certified nurse and continues to live and work here in the states!  

Another place that I enjoy visiting is Haiti. I've been able to go five times and hope to continue to go again once he finishes his degree in accounting. I first met Ricardy and his brother when they were first brought to the mission where I was helping one summer. He was only 8 the first year I met him, but he will be turning 26 this November!  It has been such a blessing to watch him grow into an amazing young man over the years!  I am honored that he calls me his "American Mum"!  

I also played upright bass in a worship band for about 16 years. I was dangerously in charge of our sound board, played various percussion instruments, and the upright bass! In January of 2008, we released our second CD.  We hope to have some opportunities to come out of our "sabbatical" for some reunion "gigs" in the future! 

I was also fortunate to be one of the assistant women's basketball coaches at Messiah College for 16 years! We travelled to the Dominican Republic three times for missions trips.  Our team also got to play some of their national teams!  We been earned our way to compete in the NCAA National Tournament every year! With the highlights being two trips to the Division III Final Four - finishing second both times.  I greatly miss being an active coach with the program, but continue to be an avid supporter of the young women and coaches as they demonstrate how love and encouragement within a true team amount to way more than winning basketball games!

Several summers ago, I went west to Oregon with some friends! The main reason we went was to visit a ranch there called Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, where kids get to work and play with horses! Animal Facilitated Therapy is one of my interests - one of my life goals is to work toward earning animal behavior/therapy certification so I can help bring animals and youth together for fun and to help heal hurts! 

I was born and raised in Williamsport, PA (home of Little League Baseball!) I graduated from Williamsport HS in 1983 & Lycoming College in 1988 with a major in Biology, minor in Psychology, and teaching certification grades K-12 (Secondary Biology).  I became PRAXIS certified in Middle School Math and have also taken Master's level classes in Educational Psychology, Administration, and Alternative Education.  I've been with the West Shore School District since 1993.  I began as a Long Term Substitute in the Alternative Education Program my first year.  I accepted a full time 7th & 8th Grade Science position at Crossroads Middle School my second year and went on to coach the 8th grade boys' basketball team for 2 years.  Following several years of teaching Science, I had the opportunity to teach the "Special Interest" students at Crossroads. I was involved in the West Shore Academy for a year and a half, then in January of 2011,  I returned to teaching 7th grade Life Science & 8th grade Earth Science.  

Related Links

    »Buck n horse hollow
    This site is the business of my former trainer, Terry Peiper. She is now a full time ergonomist - she helps people to be sure that their saddle fits their horse properly to keep the horse healthy and able to enjoy riding with their human! This site includes the farm where I took riding lessons for the first 8 years of learning to ride! It's for sale now....if you know of anyone looking to own an incredible place!!
    »Findlater Castle Info
    This is the castle ruins where I like to visit when I go to Scotland. It's getting quite dangerous to hike here. There have been weddings here....and there have been unfortunate accidents where people have fallen to their deaths!
    »Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle
    Find out more about Nessie and the history of the castle at Loch Ness.
    »The mission in Haiti where I met Ricardy
    »Good Dog Rising
    This is where Rowdy and I are having a GREAT time learning to do different tricks together! It's great to work with wonderful trainers and get to know other folks who enjoy investing time with their 4 legged friends!
    »Messiah Women's Basketball Site
    »About the Canadian horse breed!
    This site tells the history and other information....along with pictures - of the Canadian horse breed! This is the breed of my dear Nevada!
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