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The Six-Year-Old Entrepreneurs

The Six-Year-Old Entrepreneurs

Students start charities, come up with wacky inventions, and build businesses that give back at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

Read more about it in this article by the Imagination Foundation!


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MAAG Poetry Slam this Saturday, April 5th

To learn more about this event please visit the Mt. Airy Art Garage’s Website at:


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Artwork by Jen Hemenway



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Redefining A Social Studies Unit With Scratch

This is a day in the life of my second graders!



The redefinition journey of the SCH Academy Lower School continues, even as one of the final snowfalls of the season blankets Philadelphia. New Media Specialist Karen Kolkka and I meet with second grade girls’ teachers Mary Ann Domanska and Karen Pizer to discuss potential 21st century projects, based on existing learning goals and desired student outcomes. Clear to all of us, from this meeting’s focus as well as that of others with Lower School faculty, is the use of technology as a driving force toward increasing student creativity, excitement, and learning. Simultaneously, its use continues to complement the curriculum the teachers have been developing and instructing for years.

Within minutes of our meeting, we excitedly begin to develop the steps needed to integrate Scratch, MIT’s educational programming language and multimedia authoring tool, into an existing 2nd grade project.  Even as I leave the meeting, plans for implementation are underway…

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International Women’s Day Celebration at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

1621688_615191015216021_250347107_nInternational Women’s Day Celebration at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

On Saturday, March 8th, we will be hosting the 2nd Annual International Women’s Day Celebration at the Mt Airy Art Garage.

We are very excited about this upcoming event.  I will be a featured performer as a local poet and writer.  Please share this event with friends, family, and community.

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I Will Be Published! I am back on the market! Who wants to represent me?

I am currently submitting query letters along with my synopsis to literary agents representing middle grade authors.  I have a completed middle grade manuscript, EMIC RIZZLE, TINKERER, and it is ready to find the right, loving home.  There have been several nibbles so far but no bites as of yet.  I do remain hopeful and determined that it will be successfully published.

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Illustrator Mark Mattson’s work featured in the Chestnut Hill Local

Please read this article in the Chestnut Hill Local Newspaper written by Lou Mancinelli about my illustrator, Mark Mattson.  Mark mentions his latest project, “Emic Rizzle, Tinkerer,” at the end!


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Middle Grade Mania at Children’s Book World


I had a splendid time meeting three fabulous middle grade authors at the wonderful, local bookstore, Children’s Book World.  Joe Schreiber is the author of Lenny Cyrus, School Virus.  Linda Urban, author of one of my favorite middle school novels, A Crooked Kind of Perfect,  was on hand to answer questions and talk about her experiences as a published author.  She also wrote Hound Dog True and The Center of Everything.  Finally, the writer of The Lemonade War series, Jacqueline Davies, joined this trio to help us celebrate this special genre.  She eloquently shared with the audience what inspired her to write her books.

As children, these authors all admitted to reading ALOT when they were younger.  They each recounted memories including special reading chairs or spaces.  Joe recalled typing on an old type-writer.  Linda wrote in a cold attic.  And Jacqueline dabbled in writing with a quill pen!

I find I am sometimes nostalgic for that small shed my parents let me claim half off to set up for my writing.  They bought me an old typewriter from a yard sale and I banged out hundreds of poems and stories while listening to rain storms or our neighbor’s chickens and rooster down the hill.