My Journey

I grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida.  Back then, the saying known to tourists about St. Pete. was, “St. Petersburg, home of the newly wed and nearly dead!”   From visits “back home”, I can tell you, that the old slogan no longer holds.  Like other big cities, times have changed and St. Pete. is now bursting with broad ranges of ages and faces.  I still love to go back home.

Now, for many decades, I have called Miami, Florida my home.  I came here as a student of then, Miami Christian College.  Upon graduation I became a first-year teacher at Mueller Christian School.  That experience led me to seek further education so that I could learn how to really help struggling ones in my classrooms.  That heart’s desire eventually changed the direction of my life.  Studies in Special Ed., Elementary Ed, and Ed Leadership were foundational to my special interest in teaching children with learning disabilities and ADHD.

As a result of managing programs for children with learning disabilities, my friend, colleague and coauthor, Debbie Irwin and I set our sights on writing a manual for Christian schools to start programs similar to what we directed at Princeton Christian School, in Princeton, Florida. The manual, Serving Learning Disabled Students in Christian Schools was published in 2007.

After the manual came out, parents I knew from Princeton, and acquaintances at school conferences would beg, “What about the parents?”  They need a book too!”

And now, another dear friend, and colleague, Pat Ritsema, and I are blazing the trail, with another book, this time for parents, to get the help they needed for their children with LD and ADHD.  The manuscript for the book is currently in the hands of Literary Agent, Bruce Barbour, whom we were privileged to meet at the June, 2017 Southern Christian Writers Conference in Tuscaloosa, AL.

The desire for this website is to build a God-honoring online “Home” where all who care about children with special learning needs will find a place to “hang their hats” !

The Bible says, “Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”  ~Psalm 127:1.