freelance writer, educational consultant, college instructor, graduate advisor, village board trustee and museum volunteer. She holds a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University at Albany, SUNY, a B.A. degree in U.S. History from SUNY Oneonta, and a Master of Public Administration degree, also from SUNY Albany. Her dissertation was entitled An Analysis and Assessment of the State University of New York Mathematics Alert Program. She is especially interested in the history of public education in the United States, teaching and learning styles, and educational technology.
Her work has appeared in The Roswell Literary Review, Kaatskill Life, The Daily Freeman, and Visions and Voices. She is the author of Education: Reflecting Our Times? (2002, 2004, 2006). She has written many publications for SUNY, and she was the assistant editor for five issues of the education journal The AASA Professor. Current work consists of short stories and essays, the Gully Brook Press ejournal, and A Visit With Mimmie: Catskill Mountain Recipes, a cookbook that is based on the collection of her grandmother, Ann Eckert.She spends weekdays in an old house in Castleton-on-Hudson, New York, and weekends at a new-ish house in Samsonville, New York, with her husband, Robert Schmidt, their former shelter dogs, Harry and Rosie and cat Teddy/Theo, who was adopted from petfinder. (RIP Heidi, Howie, Penny, Rudy, Edna, Ande, Sam and Sophie.) In addition to writing, she enjoys organic gardening, being around animals, using computers, watching movies, and reading. Her favorite authors are Mark Twain and Margaret Atwood.
View an excerpt of her dissertation here.