I know there's a way to create a profile and spruce up this blog, but my technological consultant (Lindsey) will have to help me. In the meantime, thought I'd tell you a little about myself and how I got this great job.
I am a wife, mother and elementary school teacher. That is me in a nutshell. I have an amazingly supportive husband and two wonderful "children" who are now young adults. I spent 36 years teaching third grade at the best elementary school in town (this is my blog...I get to say things like that!).
In 1977 I began working in sports at the Ledger-Enquirer. I covered high school sports exclusively for many years. I still enjoy covering football until the main event...hockey.
I dipped my toe in the water as far as covering hockey the year Jerome Bechard retired. Due to a logistical conflict involving our beat writer, I was asked to cover Jerome's last game as a player. What an honor. I'd been a fan since the Snakes came here in the fall of '96 and my qualifications at the time were that I had more knowledge of his career and hockey than anybody else at the paper!
The following season I got to cover roughly a dozen games. I was scared to death as I knew how to write and knew the basics of the game, but to write intelligently about the game was pretty intimidating. I managed to get through what, looking back, was my audition.
In the summer of 2004, sports editor Kevin Price approached me about taking on this beat...about two seconds before I was about to beg for the chance. All I had to offer was a basic knowledge of the game, a burning desire to learn more and a good work ethic. The job was mine!!
I can't say enough about Kevin. This is my sixth season and I've basically been able to do anything I wanted. How great is that? No idea is too crazy and he always does his best to make it happen. I've also enjoyed creative genius supplied by Jason Boyd and now Stephanie Pederson. They make the stories visually appealing. Thanks to all!!
I've retired from teaching now and launched a whole new professional life. It's my privilege to work at CSU doing several part-time jobs, all of which I love. I have lots of flexibility and lots of time to work on hockey.
Speaking of CSU, time to get to work! Then off to the rink to talk to Jerome and maybe even see a player or two. They're starting to arrive back at their second home and you know what that means...
Hockey season is right around the corner!!!