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
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
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!
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!
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"!
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!
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!
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!
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.