I was born in 1937 in a small white house on my parents' ranch in Central Texas. I started first grade in a one-room school when I was four. At the end of that year, we moved to Leander, TX and we lived in that area all the rest of my growing-up years -- first in town, then five miles south on my grandfather's ranch. The ranch was our "home place." After we moved to the country, I attended a three-teacher school from grades 4-7. We walked to school most days. From 8th - 12th grades, I rode a big yellow bus to the Leander School. There were seventeen students in my graduating class.
At age 16, I began my college career at Southwest Texas State University. I graduated in 1957 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education. I attended summer school at the same institution to get an M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction. Later, I received an Ed.D. degree from the University of Wyoming.
I was a teacher for many years. I taught 3rd and 4th grades, was a special reading teacher, and a university professor of reading and language arts. Now I am a writer of books for children.