"Why not move to Aspen?" I asked myself in the summer of 2003, and on a whim I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I thought I'd be here for a year, maybe two, and then head back to the tropics. Well, on the very first day of new teacher orientation, after arriving in town exactly 12 hours before, I was introduced to a fellow teacher, Josh Berro (Aspen High Guidance Counselor) who would become my husband just 3 years later. We now have a home in Basalt, 2 children, Jack and Benjamin, a dog, Maggie, and a fish, Tank. It's pretty safe to say I won't be returning to South Florida, other than to take the family on beach vacations.
When I arrived in Aspen, I was also in the middle of working on a graduate degree at Middlebury College, where I now have an M.A. from the Breadloaf School of English. It is an inspiring program that allows teachers to study literature while traveling to the school's host campus in Vermont and other satellite campuses in Santa Fe, Alaska, Guadalajara, Oxford, and Ashland. Other than having children, it was one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, and I hope to work on an M. Lit. degree at Middlebury during my retirement 20 years or so from now.
Currently, I'm busy attending soccer games, kissing bumps & bruises, grading 8th grade essays, thinking up dinner creations that the whole family will enjoy, and reading young adult novels to keep up with the 40 Book Challenge. It is an exciting and active time of life for me and my family. I hope I don't waste a second of it!
Most importantly, it is a true joy to work with the students of Aspen Middle School. I'm pretty sure that they are the smartest, cutest, most vivacious teenagers in the country and maybe the world.