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Born and raised in San Francisco, I attended San Diego State and San Francisco State, and a variety of other universities. I did student teaching in NYC and then taught with the Peace Corps in Somalia for 2½ years. On returning, I worked as the teacher of grades 4-8 and principal of a two-room elementary school outside of Hollister, CA. Then, for 33 years I taught high school English (10th grade, English Lit, Shakespeare, World Lit, AP, etc.) at Fairfield High (Fairfield, CA), where I also directed a dozen Shakespeare productions, as well as serving as GATE Facilitator, AP Coordinator, Mentor Teacher, etc. Over the years, I participated in several NEH seminars on Shakespeare, Ovid, counseling, and teaching. I have worked for ETS as a reader, table leader, question leader, and test developer for 45 years, and I have been an AP/Lit reader for 24 years (Table Leader for 10 years, 3 as section leader). I have presented workshops on Shakespeare, holistic scoring, AP, multi-media usage, and test preparation around California and country.
Apart from teaching, I love traveling (mostly in France and British Columbia recently, but I've been all over the world), theater, films, music in a variety of forms, museums, cooking, eating well, and more.