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I like books, students, parrots, and chocolate---not necessarily in that order.


I have been a reader and table leader for the AP English Literature exam for 22 years, a teacher at GMU for 32 years and for the Fairfax County Public Schools for 22 years, a mother of David and Lauren, a columnist for The Examminer, a cook, and a collector of china. My Ph.D. is in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and I am a National Board Certified Teacher. My two favorite places are Florence, Italy and Cambridge, England.


cooking, reading, writing, teaching, advanced placement