This is my eighth year teaching 6th grade at Belmont Ridge Middle School. For as long as I can remember I've been an avid reader and writer. California is where I grew up and where I graduated from college -- California State University, San Bernardino -- with a Bachelor's degree in English. I received my Master's degree in English and my Virginia Teacher Licensure through George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. I am a Teacher Consultant for the Northern Virginia Writing Project. http://www.nvwp.org In addition to reading and writing, I love sports, physical fitness, hiking, biking, and kayaking.