Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. ~ Henry Ford

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About Holly

Still Teaching After All These Years!

 

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After graduating with a degree in psychology, I spent a year working as a Head Start teacher.  That is when I decided to get my teaching certificate.  In 1974, I began what was to become my all consuming career of teaching.  I went on to get my Masters in Early Childhood.  After all these years, I still wake up in the middle of the night with new ideas that I want to use in class.  When I stop having great ideas, I will finally retire.  Not yet!

In 1973, when I started teaching I couldn’t always find the worksheets I needed to go with my lessons.  With a pencil and a mimeograph stencil, I would draw out what I needed.  For those of you too young to know what a mimeograph stencil is, it is a paper attached to a mimeograph machine.  A mimeograph machine printed copies onto paper from the inked stencil rotated on a cylinder across paper.  All of the lines on the paper were printed in purple ink.  The purple ink would get all over your hands, but the children loved to sniff the alcohol smell of their worksheets.  Later we got copy machines and I would cut and paste to make the sheets I needed.  Now I work with a computer and make worksheets by the hundreds.  My shelves and closets are filled with activity sheets that I continue to use and would like to share.