Continuing Education Instructors


Chef Glenn Acheson. I started working in Bristol Bay Alaska as a commercial fisherman at the age of 12. This is where I started barbequing and smoking foods, which then developed my palate for the love of food!!! I learned how to cook from my Grandpa, who was stationed in France during the War. He taught me how to smoke trout on a Weber charcoal grill, to butcher and prepare meats, to make soups from scratch, homemade BBQ sauce, and jams just to name a few teachings. While going to college abroad in the Caribbean. I worked with a pit master who opened my eyes to southern cooking. I started my own catering business Glenn's 5-star catering in 2006 specialized in wood fire grilling. I catered many weddings, private parties, and non-charities events. I love the look on people’s faces when they try my food. Bringing happiness to others is why I work three jobs, but still have time to do my passion barbecuing and smoking cheese and meats. This past year I have been working on starting my own cheese and meats company named Glenn's Holy Smoked Cheese and Meats LLC. My specialties are smoked bacon, brisket Italian foods, seafood, Hawaiian smoked pork, smoked salt, prime rib, smoked turkeys, smoked salmon, smoked Scallops, smoked halibut, smoked king crab and of course my favorite food, smoked cheese!!!

Woman with brown hair smiling against a nature backgroundJEANNE ANDERSON

Jeanne Anderson was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. She grew up surrounded by different art forms like handmade quilts, needlepoint, decoupage and perennial gardens. Her mother, aunt and sisters have all significantly influenced her development as an artist. Jeanne began her exploration into watercolor painting in 1998 and quickly fell in love with the medium. She sold her first piece at a local watercolor show and displayed her watercolor paintings at several local venues, including three one-woman shows. After moving to Arizona in 2009, Jeanne added acrylics and pastels to her repertoire. She has taken several classes at Shemer Art Center and Mesa Art Center. Her artwork has been accepted into juried shows for the Harvest of the Arts in Saline, Michigan (2007 & 2008) as well as two exhibitions for the Arizona Artists Guild (2010 & 2011), a student show at Shemer Art Center (2011) and a booth at Arizona Arts Festival (2017). Jeanne has taught art to ages 5 to 80 for more than 15 years, manages her own Etsy shop (Indigo Street Studio) and has created many commissioned works of art.

man in plaid shirt against yellow backgroundLUKAS BARFIELD

Lukas Barfield is a cannabis writer, reporter and activist who lives in Tacoma, WA. He holds a Master's Degree in Education and has experience teaching Math, Science and Technology. This experience, combined with lifelong experience with cannabis, allows him to bring the rigor of Math and Science to the subject of cannabis. He is the Director of Advocates for Medical Cannabis, a WA non-profit dedicated to bringing a medical cannabis system to Washington State based on compassion and science. Lukas writes for Ganjapreneurs, other cannabis websites and has been published in Marijuana Ventures Magazine. He has taught in middle school, parochial school, and college settings and is looking forward to bringing his passion for teaching and cannabis to Tacoma Community College.

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Myriah Barringer is a six-time published poet and author. She has four published poems, one published short memoir, and one published short fiction story. Her latest publications were the poem "What Could Have Been" and the short story "The Vampire" published by Heritage University in April 2021. She has her Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Centralia College (2017) and her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Saint Martin’s University, with a special focus on creative writing. (2019). She worked for the Hal and Inge Marcus School of Engineering, Saint Martin’s University, writing short-form journalism articles for their e-newsletter. She taught classes at Centralia College for the Continuing Education department from 2020-2021 and runs a highly successful blog on Ancient Egyptian archeology with 34,000+ followers. She is currently working on her Master of Arts in Multicultural English Literature from Heritage University.

Abrian next to brick wallABRIAN CURINGTON

I am Abrian Curington, an Illustrator and Cartographer, dedicated to producing graphic novels and fantastical maps that ignite curiosity and champion exploration. Ever since graduating from Western Washington University with a BA in Fine Art, I have been freelancing through my company Blue Cat Co, publishing one major graphic novel, three graphic novellas and several digital guides. I also incorporate my childhood love of science into my work, creating GIS maps, weaving in factual information among my fantasy work, and creating informative travel journals of my trips aboard research vessels as a science communicator.

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"Robert 'Rob' Caudill graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology and from Brandeis University with a master's degree in Ancient Greek and Roman Studies, both with emphasis on Archaeology. He is directly engaged in the archaeological world as a member of the staff at the excavation of the Roman-Byzantine fort of Halmyris on the Danube Delta in Romania. In the past, he has excavated at Etruscan and Roman sites in Italy and a Minoan site in Crete. Beyond the broad archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, Rob is specifically focused on the study of religion in the Roman world, particularly that relating to mystery religions and syncretism. In addition to excavating, he stays active in the study of the ancient world as a member of the Archaeological Institute of America and runs both a website and podcast dedicated to the exploration of the archaeological remains of ancient Rome."


Public affairs, public relations, marketing, and internal/external communications professional with extensive international federal, state, and non-profit experience. As a senior federal government public affairs specialist, provide creative communications solutions, strategic media relations planning, and public liaison. Official spokesperson and communications advisor to executive staff on a wide range of local, regional and national issues. Write and place timely and informative news releases. Assess and analyze media coverage. Write feature articles. Internet content manager. Speechwriter. Presentations expert. Social media planner.


Theresa Cosgrove has a BFA (painting and printmaking) from the University of Wisconsin, spending her junior year abroad studying French language at the University of Rennes, France. Evenings, she attended art classes at the École des Beaux-Arts. She was then awarded a year-long Rotary Graduate Fellowship to study art in Valenciennes, France. At the beginning of this fellowship, she studied French language for 3 months at the University of Tours, earning a Certificat d’Études Françaises at the 4th degree level. She later worked at a prestigious printmaking studio in Paris, “Atélier 17.” Upon returning to the United States, Theresa entered the MA in Museum Studies program at JFK University in San Francisco, CA. Her work experience includes tenures at several museums, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Afterwards, she worked for the U.S. Federal Career Civil Service for over 30 years (14 years in Europe) in such positions as Museum Specialist, Arts Specialist, and Management Analyst. She is a member of the Foundation for Art in U.S. Embassies. In 2015, Theresa became a dual-citizen of Luxembourg. She and her husband travel back to Europe, whenever possible. Her other interests include genealogy.

man in tie and glasses against a white backgroundDANIEL DAUGHERTY

Daniel Daugherty owns and operates Forklift Operator Certification Services, a leading forklift safety training company established in 2002, with locations in California, Oregon and Washington. Mr. Daugherty has been an instructor of forklift safety training at local colleges since 2004, and currently holds classes at Bates Technical College, Tacoma Community College and Olympic College Bremerton. He is also the author and copyright holder of three forklift safety training manuals.

woman smiling in a white jacketLESLIE DAVENPORT

Leslie Davenport is a licensed psychotherapist working as a Climate Psychology educator and consultant. She brings psychological perspectives to interdisciplinary think tanks hosted by the Post Carbon Institute on the intersectionality of climate, economics, and policy. She helped shape the document by the American Psychological Association, EcoAmerica and Climate for Health: “Mental Health and Our Changing Climate: Impacts, Implications, and Guidance.” She is the author of three books, including Emotional Resiliency in the Era of Climate Change. Her fourth book, to be released 2021 by the American Psychological Association’s children’s book division, helps kids cope with climate change. She was hosted by the Rachel Carson Center in Munich to design climate curriculum for schools and serves as an advisor for the climate non-profits Project InsideOut and the CO2 Foundation. She is on faculty with the California Institute of Integral Studies, Master’s program in Professional Psychology and Health.

John with black shirtJOHN DOHERTY

John Doherty is a retired 747 Captain and Pilot Training Director. He is a graduate of The Evergreen State College and has a Certificate in “Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies” from Stanford University. He is a literacy tutor with the Tacoma Area Literacy Council. He does climate related presentations for Citizen’s Climate Lobby in Pierce County and has a regular Climate Talk program on Tacoma’s FM station KTAH.

Margaret with cameraMARGARET DOTY

I am a full time visual artist and art instructor living in Lakewood, Washington. I received my BFA with focus on printmaking. I work primarily from my home studio. For the past few years, I have been creating art in various mediums including painting, textiles, mixed media and collage. Dreamlife, encounters with nature, animals and everyday life influence the imagery and symbolism in my work. The people and cultures from extensive globetrotting and the areas surrounding me in the Pacific Northwest, ignite my creativity and stimulate my imagination.

woman smiling, looking at cameraMARIA FERRER-LIGHTNER

Originally from Barcelona, I am a native speaker of Spanish and Catalan languages. I have teaching experience in Community Colleges (Pierce College, TCC, and Highline College) and Universities (PLU, UW). As a teacher, I have specialized in Spanish grammar and composition courses, and in helping students develop writing skills through the analysis of Spanish language cultural and literary texts such as short stories, poetry and essays. I have taught nearly every level of language courses, including conversational Spanish, courses to enhance communication skills (for both non-native and native Spanish speakers). With a vocational medical background myself, I have also taught Medical Spanish for the PLU Nursing School, Continuing Education, and to nurses from hospitals of the Tacoma and Seattle area. On a personal note, I enjoy the outdoors and going to the movies.

man in black shirt outside smilingDL FOWLER

Award winning author DL Fowler created and teaches Psychology of Stories, a course for aspiring and published authors offered by Tacoma Community College’s Harbor Institute. He also hosts an online community of writers’ focused on exploiting the power of psychology in storytelling and leads discussions on writing craft for Kitsap Writers Forum. Also known as the Lincoln Guy, he authored Lincoln Raw, a biographical novel, which is curated in the Lincoln Collection of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library. His other works include suspense novels, Ripples and Lincoln’s Diary, and a book on writing craft, Transform Your Fiction.


David Noah Giles was born and raised in New York City. He attended public schools and grew up in the borough of Queens. His mother was a painter. He started painting and drawing when he was young. He majored in painting in the BFA program at the State University at New Paltz New York. He studied painting with Professor Joop Sanders, (a protégé of Wilem de Kooning). Giles also studied painting and drawing with Professor Alex Minewski (who studied with Hans Hoffman). From NYC, he made a pilgrimage to Mexico City and Guadalajara to see the murals of Orozco and Rivera. From there, Giles went to San Francisco and continued his art studies at the California College of Art in Oakland. He was awed by the spectacular natural beauty of the state and decided to make it his home. In S.F. he would meet with poet, artist, and musician friends at Caffé Trieste in North Beach (one of the original espresso cafes on the West Coast). After nearly 20 years in S.F., he made his way to the Great Pacific Northwest in the early 1990’s. Giles settled in Seattle and set up a studio. He has maintained a continuous devotion to painting and the study of art history. He believes in the importance of the artist’s contribution to world culture and society. Over the years, his painting evolved from figurative to mainly abstract. He still paints landscapes and portraits as well. Giles teaches art classes in the Puget Sound area, and has shown work in many venues over the past 25 years. Recently, at The Washington State Department of Ecology. His work is in public and private collections in San Diego CA., Dallas TX, Pierce County, Seattle, WA, New York City, and South Florida. Giles lives and works in Tumwater, WA.


Leslie J. Hall is the author of the Kaitlyn Willis Road Signs Mystery Series. She is a recognized writing instructor around the Pacific NW. When not writing mysteries and women’s fiction, she teaches fiction writing for beginners and co-leads, Write Night, a weekly writer’s critique group. Leslie is a member of Romance Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writing Association, Sisters In Crime, and is on the Northwest board of Mystery Writers of America. Leslie loves words, books, writing, and sharing that passion with others. Find out more about her and her classes at

Gina with glassesGINA HATCHER

Gina Youngblood Hatcher was born and raised in the military life and served over 22 years in the Army and retired as a Major in Information Management. She began her military travels beginning with Germany at the tender age of two. She has lived in Europe about 10 years, lived in 9 states throughout the United States and has finally made Tacoma Washington her home for over 25 years. She has a grown son in the Technology industry . With her degrees in Speech and Theatre Arts, a Masters in Occupational Education, and Microsoft Certifications in their productivity software, she has been a Video Producer, an Instructional Designer, a Regional Manager for Training and Support Centers in Germany, a Regional Trainer for Army Information Management Systems and a Director of Community Technology Center. She was a Professor at Tacoma Community College teaching over 15 years in business, Human Resources, and computer applications. She loves teaching and strongly believes this is her vocation as both of her parents were educators. Besides teaching, she has presented at national educational conferences, chaired for Department Programs and committees and is currently the Faculty Advisor for the Black Student Union. Professor Hatcher is a world traveler and a regular host family for short- and long-term International Students at Tacoma Community College for the over 12 years. She has hosted students and educators from Japan, China, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Taiwan, Denmark, South Korea, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her passion for mentoring, cultural exchange and traveling makes her commitment to the Tacoma-George South Africa Sister Cities Committee a very natural fit. She is an active member and officer in Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and The Links Incorporated, both well known as World Service Organizations. She spends much of her free time actively volunteering in support of community needs and events as well as national ones. Her most current commitment is towards the Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative to bring awareness, educate communities and eradicate this horrific worldwide industry.

light haired woman in red smilingCHERI JOHNSON

Cheri Johnson, Strategic Wealth Advisors, has over 20 years of experience helping individuals, families and business owners create predictable, and surprise-free retirements. Cheri helps clients develop balanced and innovative financial plans and has earned a reputation in the region for her knowledge and experience in the equity markets, insurance solutions, estate planning, and alternative investments. The hallmark of her practice is helping clients maximize the potential of their post-career lifestyle by coordinating the core financial principles of retirement planning: income sustainability, wealth protection, legacy provisions, 401k and IRA distribution management, asset preservation and growth, and investment risk management. As a fiduciary, Cheri enlists a vast array of solutions to help client achieve their goals. She and her husband, Jay, are active members of the Gig Harbor community.


Lyndi Knox (She/her) is a professional clarinetist and teacher, native to the Pacific Northwest. Lyndi earned a Masters degree in Clarinet Performance from The Ohio State University and a Bachelor's degree in Clarinet Performance from Pacific Lutheran University. Lyndi enjoys teaching students of all ages. As a licensed Kindermusik educator, she loves the process of engaging the young child’s introductory musical development. As a private studio owner, Lyndi works with middle-high school students, teaching clarinet fundamentals and artistry. Lyndi is also the Clarinet Instructor at Pierce College. Locally, Lyndi has performed with the Yakima Symphony and Olympia Symphony Orchestras. Lyndi believes in a holistic and individualized approach to teaching aiming to meet each student where they are at and provide a variety of tools to them. She is passionate about changing up the traditional white-washed and male-dominated classical music scene, and is thrilled to teach a Women in Music course with TCC. Outside of music, Lyndi loves to hike through the beautiful Pacific Northwest, practice yoga, and bake vegan treats.


Talisa “Tali” Lavarry is the author of Confessions from Your Token Black Colleague, a Harvard Business Review Expert, Forbes Contributor and a member of Washington State University’s Foster School of Business Alumni. Before devoting her life to workplace race relations, she worked as a corporate event manager, planning and producing events in the pharmaceutical, government, education, non-profit and tech sectors. Tali has had the honor of working with Marianne Williamson, The Golden State Warriors and Barack Obama, among other luminaries. Tali has been featured on Adam Grant’s Fall Reads List, New York Mag & Puget Sound Biz Journal to name a few.


Jeanne Lewis is a genre fiction writer, her novel Takakush releases on Amazon in October 2020. A graduate of the University of Washington (Seattle) and MBA in progress. She spent over twenty-years in high tech where she published seven technical manuals using collaborative writing technics. She’s taught novel writing in Kitsap and Pierce Counties. A project manager, she will help you refine and edit your work in progress. Passionate about the written word, Jeanne studied writing with Clarion West (classes}, Cascade Writers Workshops, Gotham Writers Studio, PNWA etc. Jeanne has completed six NANOWRIMO first drafts and is working on the next book in her series.


Rebecca Lexa M.A., OMN, is a lifelong nature nerd who has always enjoyed sharing her love of the natural world with others. She has a Master's Degree in counseling psychology with a certificate in ecopsychology, and is also a certified Oregon Master Naturalist. She has been teaching in varying venues for almost twenty years, and is an experienced public speaker. Rebecca teaches her online courses from her art studio on the southwest Washington coast, where she lives on a farm with twenty chickens, a flock of sheep, innumerable ducks, and the best dog in the world.


Patrick 'Pat' Lowinger is a historian, freelance writer, and educator. Patrick possesses an MA in ancient history from American Military University and a MA in Archaeology from the University of Leicester. In addition to teaching, Pat is currently conducting research in pursuit of a PhD in Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Pat’s interest and area of focus are on the people and societies of the ancient Mediterranean – ranging from the Late Bronze Age through Early Medieval periods. Pat's primary area of research examines the sociocultural interactions and exchanges between ancient migrants/colonists and autochthonous inhabitants and western coast of the Black Sea during the period of Roman occupation (1st century BCE- 5th century CE). Pat's secondary area of research focuses upon the adoption and spread of Christianity in the littoral regions of the western coast of the Black Sea including the associated regional phenomena of religious pilgrimages during the 2nd- 5th century CE. As an active member of the Association of Ancient Historians, Archaeological Institute of American, Society for Romanian Studies and Bulgarian Archaeological Association, Pat remains academically engaged – spending his summers in Romania doing archaeological field work at the Romano-Byzantine fortress and civilian settlement of Halmyris.

woman in glasses smilingBONNIE LOGHRY

Bonnie Loghry, MPH, CPH, RYT500 - Bonnie began her practice in Iyengar Yoga almost 20 years ago as a way to help deal with the increasing pain of her scoliosis. She holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC Davis and taught college level anatomy, health and occupational safety classes prior to relocating to Washington in 2016. A graduate of the Iyengar Yoga Institute Advanced Studies Program of San Francisco, she teaches yoga as an exploration of the relationship between this ancient discipline and modern science. Working from the premise that ‘yoga is not just for flexible people’, Bonnie specializes in applications of yoga for musculoskeletal problems such as scoliosis, kyphosis and osteoporosis.


Andy Motz is an award winning filmmaker, film scholar, and film educator. Andy works within narrative, documentary, and experimental formats to explore pressing social justice issues including HIV awareness, queer identity, masculinity, and more. His films have been screened at festivals around the world including Cinema Diverse: Palm Springs LGBTQ Festival, Awareness Festival, Global Peace Festival, and Paris Shorts Film Festival. He is currently working on a feature length documentary about alternative masculinity. As an educator, Andy believes in creating joyful spaces for creative expression and discovery. In his spare time you can find him in used book stores or rose gardens.

woman smiling at cameraE.C. MURRAY

E.C. Murray (Elizabeth Corcoran Murray) tutors and teaches at Tacoma Community College, Seattle Central College, and the Olympia Writing Center. A freelance writer and award-winning author, she wrote A Long Way from Paris, named a KIRKUS Best Book of the Year, and two “tiny books,” Life Kind of Sucks, and Writers Unblocked: Insightful Tips from Award Winning Writers in and around Seattle. With two writing certificates from the University of Washington, Murray has been a fixture in the local writing community for a decade. She founded Writers Connection, a newsletter and website with dozens of resources for writers as well interviews with successful writers, many of whom are New York Times best sellers. In her “past life,” she was county bureaucrat, earned a Masters in Social Worker, supported people with disabilities, and marketed Good to Go before the second Narrows bridge was built.,,


Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Barbara is a dedicated teacher and musician that recently moved to Seattle. Her grandmother was a piano teacher, and she grew up been surrounded by music and musicians. She attended the Conservatory of Milan graduating in Music Theory and Complementary Piano. Deeply passionate about places and cultures, and about how humans and territory interrelate, Barbara spent many years traveling and learning about humanities, social studies, cultural studies, music as a mean of communication and expression. In her spare time, she reads a lot of books, watches a lot of documentaries and hikes in the wonderful nature of the PNW. As a musician, she has performed and recorded with several artists both in Europe and the US. She works as a professional teacher and musician, mostly teaching music, Italian language, Italian history and culture. In addition to teaching, Barbara is currently completing a BA in Human Sciences of the Environment and Territory.

Ken in black teeshirtKEN PIMPLETON

I began my teaching career at Highline Community College in the Fall of 2006 prior to completing my Master's of Social Work degree and the Certificate of Public Administration at Eastern Washington University. In October of 2007, I resigned from full-time employment at Lakeside, but still work there as a consultant on a per-diem basis. I went on to accept a position as Program Mamager/Evaluator at Community Counseling Institute in Tacoma. Now I teach in Human Services and Chemical Dependency full time at Tacoma Community College and part time at Highline College. I am the Chair of the DOH SUD Advisory Committee, the Treasurer for WACASE, the Secretary for the TCC Teacher's Union, and the Treasurer for the State Teacher Union and I am a consultant for several SUD Agencies.

woman in glasses with blue earringsREGINA SADONO

Regina Fletcher Sadono PhD is an experienced and dedicated teacher who works with lifelong learners to build on their own capabilities while they acquire knowledge, skills, and tools that promote success with personal and professional goals. Regina believes that education is the single most important pathway towards manifesting our dreams. Regina has taught at well-known universities throughout the US, including University of Wisconsin, University of Phoenix, University of Central Florida, Cal State Northridge, and Cal State Los Angeles. She has demonstrated her profound commitment to the arts and arts education by raising into the millions for nonprofit organizations such as California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles Master Chorale, Monterey Symphony, Education Through Music, A Noise Within, and Gig Harbor Film Festival. Regina’s mastery of the literary arts has earned her the Eisner Prize for Highest Achievement in the Creative Arts and the Samuel Goldwyn Creative Writing Award. She serves her community as a longtime volunteer for the Gig Harbor Quilt Guild and Gig Harbor Film Festival. Regina was a presented on story structure at Write in the Harbor 2017, 2018, and 2019. Regina did her undergraduate work at UC Berkeley with a double major in English literature and dramatic art. She holds an MFA in dance from California Institute of the Arts and both an MFA in screenwriting and a PhD in theater from UCLA.


Ken has studied and received a degree in Communications Design and a teaching certification from the University of Illinois. He also studied Commercial Illustration at the American Academy in Chicago. He has taught school in Illinois and Washington and operated a commercial illustration and design studio for about 30 years. He has worked as an illustration instructor at Boeing Commercial Airlines and taught in the Continuing Education department at Tacoma Community College for over 30 years. ‘I believe that drawing is a skill that anyone can learn and is invaluable no matter what particular discipline you prefer’.

outline of France with the French flag coloring itGLORIA SWITZER

An enthusiastic Francophile from an early age, Gloria majored in French in college and received B.A., M.A., and Candidate in Philosophy degrees from UCLA. She spent her junior year abroad in Bordeaux, France. She taught French at UCLA as an Associate for four years where she received an Outstanding Teaching Award. Subsequently, she was a school director and regional manager for Berlitz Language Schools. After obtaining an MBA degree from Pepperdine University, she worked in a number of marketing management roles in the financial, high technology and educational sectors. She served for 11 years as Dean of Admissions for a private law school in California, retiring in 2016. Born in Budapest, Hungary, Gloria has been interested in learning and teaching of languages; she has acquired proficiency in Spanish and German. She and her husband enjoy travel, especially in Western Europe.

woman smiling with water in the backgroundMARIA STILLWELL

I’m from El Salvador and moved to Washington in 2015. As Spanish speaker, I was always interested on learning everything about the language, which gave me the opportunity to be part and win Spanish competitions applying grammar, reading, comprehension, etc. I was able to represent my junior and high school three times and the last one at the national level. I noticed Spanish language is one of people’s favorites and I want to share my knowledge to teach others about my foreign language and culture.

man with glasses in stripped shirtJEFFERY "JEFF" WATERS

Jeff Waters is a retired financial advisor. He lives with his wife, Carol and two cats in Canterwood, Gig Harbor. He is the editor and past president of the Northwest Watercolor Society and teaches watercolor classes for the Washington Corrections Center for Women, Tacoma Community College and various other organizations. He regularly sells his work. He is active in St. John’s Episcopal Church and the Peninsula Art League. His greatest joy is teaching.


My attraction to gardening developed many years ago as a result of my frustration with the quality of produce in the grocery stores. I often felt that organic anything always seemed overpriced. I became involved with an organic community garden nearly twenty years ago, and have remained an avid and evolving gardener ever since. I greatly enjoy growing my own food and having control over the amendments that I choose to use in my soil, in addition to the easy access to a wide range of fruits, vegetables, and herbs. I find that gardening allows me my zen time. This past year has not been remotely normal for most of us. But, when I worked in the soil, planting seeds, and weeding, I felt grounded. I felt at peace. It is my hope and goal that my years as a Master Gardener and an Organic gardener will seek to enhance the gardening experience of my students.