When I was a little girl, we moved many times. In every small town we lived in, I quickly found the public library and became something of a pest to the sweet, little old librarians. They loved me! Ha! 🙂
I read voraciously and checked out book after book after book because they were my escape from an abusive mother and a lonely childhood. Luckily for me, we always lived near enough to the library so that I could walk to it by myself; this was in the days long ago when it was relatively safe for children to walk for miles and hours, in and around, and up and down small towns.
During summer vacations my little sister, Lynn, and I often played “School” and I always insisted on being the Teacher. She hated it! I was a stern teacher, then, too. I made all kinds of homework for Lynn to do and I wouldn’t let her go play with her Barbie (we only had one apiece back then) until she had finished all of her “school work.” Who would have ever thought that I would one day be a real teacher? Not me! I thought I wanted to be a doctor. Or a librarian. Or at least write books. Ha ha! 🙂
When I was an old lady in her mid-forties, 😉 I opened a bookstore and coffee bar in a small town east of Dallas, Texas. I didn’t know much about coffee; I didn’t even know the difference between an espresso and a cappuccino. Still, I wanted to sell books. I had given up on the idea of being a librarian because I learned they had to earn a Master’s degree. I thought, “If I’m going to earn a Master’s degree, I may as well become a teacher.” Thus, after closing the bookstore, I did re-enroll in Southern Methodist University and begin earnestly to earn my M. Ed. so that I could teach high school English Language Arts.
Six years passed during which I taught many hundreds of beautiful students in a public high school in Carrollton, Texas. While working many long hours a day (usually 11-13), I enjoyed writing and editing many things, but I did not write a single book. I haven’t given up that hope! In the meantime, I have decided to earn some money as supplemental income to a teacher’s salary by freelance writing and editing. If I no longer teach, I still want to create beauty with my words. So, here I am!
Updated in 2019:
Now, I can say that I have finally written a book! While conducting research on Leonardo de Pisa for a client, I became enamored with the 13th-century mathematician who was also a humble genius; he just so happened to change the world with his books and teachings! I wanted others to learn about him, too, so I wrote a book about his background and the origin of the Fibonacci sequence. “Master Fibonacci: The Man Who Changed Math” is available on Amazon. If you like math history and biographies of humble geniuses like I do, then I think you’ll like it!
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Professional Qualifications: Education and Work Experience
• B.A. in English from S.M.U, 1998
• M.Ed. from S.M.U., 2013
• Teacher certification in English, ESL, and GT
• Public high school English teacher (2012-2018)
• Owner/Operator/Entrepreneur, “Servant’s Bookstore and Coffee Bar” (2004-2009)
• Private school teacher (1999-2000)
• Utilize Word’s Review, Track Changes, and Comments features
• Creative writer. Instagram: @shellennessee