I can’t imagine the person I would be if it weren’t for the mother God gave me. She began my love of reading from day one. Books were always strung throughout our house and when I tired of reading Amelia Bedelia for the 16th time she was more than willing to walk me to the library and take a wagon full of books back home. (Literally. If you’ve ever seen the movie Matilda, there’s a scene where she takes a little red wagon full of books back home from the library and that was us back in the day.) My passion for reading expanded to writing once I mastered the skill of holding a pencil in my hand. English has always been my absolute favorite subject in school (even outranking recess and lunch!) Given this love of language arts and a love of kids, it only made sense to pursue a degree in education — specifically English education. Now I am attending CSC and will receive my degree in the spring of 2017.