1966 – 2003
As my life went on, a number of things were occurring at the same time. Paul was about to go off to college, which would take money. Peter was off in school and getting old enough to call for less time. And the role of women was changing. I kept up the roles of mother and homemaker, but began to form a career of my own.
I began teacher training in 1962. By 1963 the training was complete except for student teaching, which came next. In May 1966, I signed a contract with Shorewood Schools to teach at Lake Bluff, where I stayed for nearly 20 years. I brought the open classroom there, and I was very interested in children’s writing. You can look at a booklet of their writing on the year 1776.
I started work on a master’s degree in 1967, shortly after I started teaching. I earned the M. Ed. in 1971.
By the middle of the 1980s, I was moving into college-level teaching. In 1981 I started my Ph.D. work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. I taught my first course in 1984 at nearby Cardinal Stritch College. My last teaching at Lake Bluff was in 1985. In that year I became Co-coordinator of the Writing Center at Stritch. I completed my Ph.D. in 1986 at age 60. I taught courses at Stritch for a number of years afterwards, and was an invited participant in conferences through the early 2000s.