As a teacher, mother of four, grandmother of 17 and great-grandmother of 14, she has a great deal of experience working with children and seeing their world. Teaching students in third through sixth grades gave her the opportunity to help children use their imagination in developing creativity. Students were allowed to use their various talents in the completion of assignments, such as art, music, writing, or oral presentation. She observed how this practice helped those who were struggling with a lack of self-confidence or the thought that they did not fit in. She received an outstanding teacher award from the school district.
When she taught choir at the junior high level she worked with classes of approximately 100 students and once again became aware of conflicts between students and their parents. She witnessed the bullying, rudeness and lack of understanding suffered by many. She saw situations where children were treated with unkindness and lived in difficult home situations including abuse. She understood the need for them to develop their imagination and through the use of music they were able to transport themselves to a make-believe world if just for a few moments.
As a result of her concern and love for children, she has written and published children's songs, short stories and rhyme designed to bring laughter and joy into their lives. She continues this practice today. Because of her love for Dr. Seuss books some of her writing reflects that influence. Growing up, her parents instilled in her the ability to use her imagination. She considers this to be the motivating factor in her writing; bringing joy and creativity into her life and into the lives of others.