If 40 plus years as a nurse and lifestyle educator have taught me anything, it is that life is both precious and fleeting. Throughout my career, I have been privileged to work alongside many individuals in search of a healthier life, often amid unrelenting circumstances. After graduating from Mount Carmel School of Nursing in 1981, I began my career in psychiatry, moving into preventive education and motivational coaching after obtaining my bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1990. Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of populations on healthy lifestyle change in neighborhood health centers, homeless shelters, community organizations, sheltered workshops, and hospital settings. My work has included all age ranges from early childhood through the senior years.
Change is always difficult, but equally achievable, given the right resources and mindset. Healthy living is a journey, not a destination.
One of the greatest things I ever did was teach and I did it with a passion. It taught me more about the successes and failures of life than I could have ever learned from a book. My students, fellow teachers, and parents gave me reasons to enrich my own life by helping others learn.
I graduated with a degree to teach elementary and middle school students. Later, I obtained a Master’s Degree in Mathematics and Science Education from Ohio University. I began teaching in 1973 and finished 35 years teaching in elementary, Junior High English, Science, and Mathematics. I wrote and developed kit science units, stressing hands-on science education. I always stressed teaching to the students learning style rather than my own.
On a personal note, we share a blended family of five adult children, spouses, eight grandchildren, one poodle, and one maltese. We met in 2012 and married in 2014. We didn’t expect to find love this late in life. Life is deliciously complex and surprising. It is never too late to live the unexpected life.