Starting as a baby, I was read to every night by my mom. She chose books that she loved such as Dr. Suess and also sang to me before bed. This is where I started to get my love of books.
I grew up going to the Outer Banks every Spring and Summer. At the beach we would sit and read stories on a blanket every day. My whole family would sit and read as we enjoyed the beach.
In elementary school I struggled to read. Every day in the summer I had to read for 2 hours before I was allowed to go outside and play. I also read every night with my mom or dad before bed. My brother would also read to me at night so that I could hear books that were hard for me.
In elementary school I was often made fun of for not being a good reader. I received tutoring from my 3rd grade teacher who helped me to gain confidence and the skills necessary to become a better reader.
Due to my reading issues, in 6th grade my parents decided to send me to a private school, Upland Country Day School, to get me small class sizes and individualized help in hopes of bridging the gap between myself and my peers.
I decided to go to West Chester University to become a teacher so that I could influence students the way that I was influenced by my previous teachers. At this time I began to read more and more children's books to start building my classroom library.