For 46 years I taught elementary school, and it was wonderful at the beginning, and disappointing at the end, as kids and their parents and schools and administrators and education changed. Life has become more complex, sadly, and we all have too many first priorities. For the last fifteen years of teaching, my photography helped me connect with my willing students, with posters and projects, portraits and after school photography lessons. My last year of teaching was the most meaningful, teaching in a Title 1 school, where I photographed children who had never owned a photograph of themselves. I had parents plead with me for extra copies that they could have to send back to their relatives not in the US. Those kids really touched my heart. Without the photography, I believe my teaching would have ended much sooner.
Along the way, I married my husband, a college professor, had two brilliant children and now three lovely grandes. We have had multiple pairs of golden retrievers, mostly rescue dogs, named for country musicians, and two parrots. All are sometimes cooperative models.