My husband, Ivan, and I have resided in the West Friendship area since October 1973. I have enjoyed being the organist at St. James United Methodist Church since the mid to late 1970's, after being the organist at several other churches. After earning my teaching degree at Towson State College (now TSU), my first teaching experience was at Freedom Elementary School, which is north of Eldersburg in Carroll County. I then decided to stay at home to raise our two children, Heather and David. Even though I retired from West Friendship Elementary School after teaching there for 22 years, I still enjoy teaching, so quite often I substitute teach at a few nearby schools. In addition, Ivan and I now cherish every moment we get to spend with our 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. I have been very blessed.