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 because I wasn’t very good at it. I’d much rather be making up and telling stories to my siblings, cousins and friends.
That said, I became a teacher for over twenty years and at last 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, 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. I’d rather be outside than inside.
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. Now I tutor dyslexic kids.
I love singing, but wasn’t very good on the piano; besides, it was too big to carry around with me. So I taught myself how to play the guitar.
When I was the ancient age of 50, I took a motorcycle course and learned to ride one all over the place.
I have one husband (my very own hero) and two sons who are all grown up and really cool, one awesome daughter-in-law, and an amazing grandchild.
We’ve had lots of pets in our various 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 them others.
Contact me at: sandycarl642 at yahoo dot com)