A midlife career-switcher, I'm a graduate student at the University of Richmond, pursuing my teaching certification in elementary education and middle school language arts. Words and writing have always been central to my life, and have threaded through my schooling, and my corporate career.
The daughter of an English teacher and debate coach, I grew up in a household where we discussed the meaning and roots of words at the dinner table, and had shelves of books at home about the origin of words and phrases. My Latin studies in middle and high school were pivotal in my lifelong interest in linguistics morphology. To this day, I have a Latin dictionary on hand to check word roots.
Your site has tremendous interest to me personally, as a writer and voracious reader. Just as importantly, however, it holds great promise as a valuable tool in the classroom, as I think of ways to engage and support my future students in their vocabulary development and appreciation.