Beth has been known to be a purveyor of words whether on the page or in the conference room. She spent most of her adult life in public education fighting for developmentally appropriate education as a K-6 teacher, though the last three years found her in the role of reading specialist. In case it's unclear, reading specialists disaggregate (break apart in detail) test data and create charts and graphs so teachers will have written proof of information of which they are already painfully aware. Oh, and they work with kids. Speaking of kids, Beth is one half of a parenting team to a three-nager and a teenager. It's often difficult to tell them apart. This year's adventure in homeschooling has challenged all involved. Researching and planning multiple subjects to cover a full year should be a paid job. Luckily, Beth had years of paid research and planning from teaching other people's children behind her to get started.
Beth is passionate about education and the effects of culture and poverty on student achievement. She has done extensive research on the difference between generational and working class poverty. The impact of generational poverty on the developing brains of young children is heart-wrenching. Beth writes articles with sensitivity and tact to educate teachers, administrators and the general public on these issues.
Parenting in the LGBT community is also a niche worthy of note, especially in light of recent events. She has experience being an activist bent on acceptance during a time when it was not afforded. Reality hit in the world of small town education and Beth spent years living a life to which few were privy. As a result, she now lives openly with her imperfect little family in the hopes that other people will realize that a lesbian family is simply a family.
In an effort to stay sane as an educator and homeschooling parent, Beth began playing hockey after figure skating as a "mature" adult. Comic relief articles about sports for older adults are a specialty. Part of her need for escape also manifests in reading and discussing juvenile and young adult historical fiction, science fiction, and fantasy.
Playing hockey, keeping the children alive and well and reading YA sci-fi/fantasy are some of Beth's current interests. She is continually on the lookout for worthy homeschool curriculum, but often creates her own eclectic batch. Besides being outside working in her woodshop, she enjoys swimming with the kids and hanging out at the playground while hockey is out of season.
Other interests include natural/holistic remedies, the use of non-toxic cleaners for both body and home, and clean eating. Beth is a work in progress. Her intentions are pure as her interest stems from the desire to protect her family. She researches recipes for DIY cleaners and uses her home as the testing site. On that note, let it be known that not all homemade deodorant is created equal.
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