I was born and raised in MA, USA. I attended Framingham public schools and went on to Clark University in Worcester, where I received a B.A in Sociology with a minor in child psychology. After getting my degree I worked in IT until 2003, when I began working as an instructional aide in Worcester. I received my first Masters in Elementary education from Anna Maria College. I went on to teach in 2 separate private middle schools, and then worked as a substitute teacher for a year. Through no fault of my own was I able to secure a full time teaching position in Massachusetts public schools. I believe that because of my extensive education and experience I was too costly on the step system for schools to hire me. At least that is what I believe. I believe I am a fully competent and fair educator and any school should be lucky to have hired me. (Of course I still have a small part of my brain worry that there is some blacklist out there with my name on it for whatever reason.)
Up until September of 2010, I lived in Boston and worked as a substitute teacher/teacher/blogger. (I’m a licensed teacher in MA, in elementary education) I spent a glorious year in Glasgow getting a second Masters degree and conducting research on bullying in the classroom. Once my dissertation was completed, I found that I couldn’t get funding on my own (due to being very, very bad with finances and making many bad decisions) and I returned home to Massachusetts. I was back for 4 months and was unable to find full time employment as an educator (or in any field at all). I was lucky to get some family support and returned to Glasgow in January 2012 to pursue my Ph.D in education, studying the effects of cyberbullying.