Here is a picture of me, Sandy Carlson, in the second grade. Before kindergarten, I told kids I was called Sandy because I ate sand. I was disappointed when I found out that wasn’t true.
I was born in Michigan, lived in Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota, New York, and am now back in Michigan. I have traveled to all but two of our United States.
As a kid, I hated school and especially reading. I wasn’t very good at it. Besides, I’d much rather tell stories to my friends.
That said, I became a teacher for over twenty years and learned to love to read. I loved books so much I even became an author! My favorite author is C.S. Lewis because he wrote for both kids and adults, and was very smart. Today I’m part of this world-wide writing organization called SCBWI — the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators. Yay!
I have climbed mountains, swum in oceans, and run down sand dunes. I’ve outrun wildfires, hid in a basement from a tornado, cleaned debris from a hurricane, and outwalked the incoming tide at Fundy Bay, and survived our house getting smashed by 100 year old trees. I’ve ridden horses, been on cattle round-ups, avoided stepping on rattlesnakes, charged by a wild boar, cleaned oil off of turtles from the largest inland oil spill in USA history, and know how to put a worm on a fish hook — although the first time it took me twenty minutes. Poor worm.
Besides teaching 1st, 2nd, and 5th grades, as well as special education (K-8) and literacy (K-3), I have my master’s degree in guidance and counseling. I also substitute taught every age from preschool through eighth grade. I’ve also been a Youth Education Specialist for both a children’s garden and a natural history museum and led writing workshops for middle school and high schoolers. Plus I tutor dyslexic kids.
I love singing, but wasn’t too good on the piano. It was too big to carry around with me, so I taught myself how to play the guitar.
I have one husband, who is my very own hero, and two sons who are all grown up and really cool. We’ve had lots of pets in our houses, but right now the only “pets” I have are our backyard animals – birds, black squirrels, rabbits, deer, raccoon, and lots of bugs.
What I like best is learning new things, and then sharing them.
Contact me at: sandycarl642 at yahoo dot com)