I have gone back and forth about how to describe “me.” I could give you a professional-sounding rundown about my educational background and writing experience. I could follow the cutesy trend by creating a bio that tells you random facts about myself and my favorite cereal (in other words, tell you nothing at all). I thought about writing both versions and letting you choose. But neither would be “me.” So, I have decided to just tell you.
I am a Christian. Sometimes I hesitate to use that word because of those (myself included) who have thrown the label around as a license to condemn people we think we are somehow above. Regardless, the truth is I am a Christian. My understanding of what that means is constantly changing, and will always be flawed. Thank God for grace.
I am a public school teacher. The “public school” part of that phrase is very important to me. I love learning and so I love teaching. I recently started writing my first book, an effort to encourage teachers in the knowledge they are doing important, God-ordained work.
I am a writer. I began writing mostly as a result of the way my understanding of Christ and following him was changing (see my first article in PRISM Magazine, “The Dangerous Lie That We Tell” p. 30). Writing has become an incredibly important outlet for me. It’s a way I process what I am thinking and what I am learning.
I am in counseling. I say that partly so it will make sense to you when I mention my counselor throughout my writing, but also because most of my learning and changing in the past few years is directly related to my conversations with my counselor. I literally cannot imagine who and what I would be without his gentle, steady, unyielding guidance.
In addition to my writing here, I also contribute to several other publications. I try to look at topics differently than how they are presented elsewhere. My hope is that for some of you, at least some of the time, my willing honesty resonates with you, and reminds you that you are not alone. I appreciate it when you let me know I’m not, either.
And… I don’t have a favorite cereal. I really like cereal, so my favorite is usually the one that I’m eating.