February 7

Is it true?

Get to know me a little bit better. Here are some questions to get you started.

  • Is it true that you work with babies, preschoolers and their families? Yes! I am a Parents As Teachers educator at the Ann Arbor Public Schools. It’s the best job: I play, read stories, sing songs and share developmental information.

 

  • Is it true that your first “paid writing” gig was with the Grand Rapids (Michigan) Press? Yes! I went down the path of journalism for a while, as the editor of The Northview News, my high school paper, as well as as a free-lancer for The Grand Rapids Press & The Rockford Register.  But my passion is picture books. I seem to be specializing in “plotless mood pieces, in verse.” So very marketable.

 

  • Is it true that you love mustard? No! And what kind of question is that anyway? No, no, triple no. As my little pal Russell said, “Mustard is gross for me.”

 

  • Is it true you were an elementary school teacher? Yes! I expecially loved teaching writing & reading. I wanted to share my passion for stories.  I hope I’ve passed that along to my students. An end-of-day favorite was reading aloud from favorites my teachers read to me, including The Secret Garden, A Wrinkle in Time, The Phantom Tollbooth, and Island of the Blue Dolphins. I couln’t make it to the end of Sadako & the 1000 Paper Cranes. One of my 3rd graders had to finish it while I went through half a box of tissues.

 

  • Is it true that you burp a lot after drinking too much soda? Well! Some questions are just too personal to answer!

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Posted February 7, 2013 by Shanda Trent in category "Uncategorized

About the Author

I've been an early childhood educator for over 30 years. I have 3 teenage daughters, 1 crazy cat, 1 dog-new to our family in 2015, and a very patient husband. I love the beach, and spend as much time with my toes in the sand and my gaze upon the horizon as I can grab.

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