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Subjects Taught
Design & Illustration, English 11A, English 11A Honors, English 11B, English 11B Honors, Literature 104, Writing 121, Writing 122


2005-2007 graduate work at Pacific University, Forest Grove, OR. with mentors: Valerie Miner, Claire Davis, Jack Driscoll, & David Long

     Blonde Indian: Living in Snake Land, creative thesis, David Long, Advisor

     “Believing: The Elastic Truth of Fiction” critical essay, Jack Driscoll, Advisor

     Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (fiction)

1991-2003 graduate writing courses through Portland State University and Haystack Program for the Arts, with writer-instructors including: Judith Barrington, Marilyn Chin, Sandra Dorr, Molly Gloss, Karen Karbo, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Suniti Namjoshi; 4.0gpa

2002 novel workshop with Bret Lott, Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA

1998 fiction workshop with Jason Friedman, Port Townsend, WA 

1997 poetry workshop with Dorianne Laux, Mountain Writers, Portland, OR

1970-1976 concurrent bachelor degrees, cum laude, University of Washington, Seattle, 3.7gpa: 

     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Art

     Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal Design 

     Bachelor of Arts in Art Education (K-12)


Teaching Experience

March 2014 “How to Teach Writing Without Making Your Eyes Bleed” National Council of Teacher of English (NCTE) presentation, Portland, OR 

October 2013 “I’m Already Dancing as Fast as I Can: Teaching Writing” Oregon Council of Teacher of English (OCTE) presentation, Wilsonville, OR 

October 2012 “Zero to Fifty: Five Lessons to Achieve an MLA Persuasive Essay” presentation for OCTE, Wilsonville, OR 

April 2012 “Stir Words: 25 Ways of Playing with Poetry” presentation for OCTE, Ashland, OR 

October 2011 “How to Have Students Write More Without Making Your Eyes Bleed” presentation for OCTE, Hillsboro, OR 

April 2010 “From Prep to Persuasion” presentation for OCTE, Seaside, OR

2008-present Adjunct faculty of Clatsop Community College, teaching literature and writing

2008-present English Department Chair at Seaside High School, Seaside, OR

1990-present Instructor at Seaside High School, Seaside, OR; teaching 10-12 English, Honors 11-12 English, Yearbook, Journalism, Film Study, Speculative Fiction, & Illustration. 

Designed English and English elective curriculum for grades 10-12. 

Developed requirements for Pacifica Project, a professional service learning project and graduation requirement, including an MLA form persuasive research essay

As Journalism/Yearbook teacher taught both paste-up & digital publishing curriculum and creation of original templates, including an award-winning cover layout

1979-1990 Substitute Teacher for Seaside School District in Seaside, Gearhart, & Cannon Beach, OR; K-12, all subjects 

1976-1979 Instructor at Forest Ridge School, a private girls’ 6-12 prep school in Bellevue, WA; Art, Drawing and Painting, Design, Ceramic Art, Jewelry

1976-1979 Instructor, children/adult art classes for Seattle Parks and Rec.; Bellevue Art Museum


I was born in Corvallis, Oregon where my father worked in the library at Oregon State then-College, but my education began in Seattle, Washington where I attended public schools and graduated in the top 5% of Shoreline High School class of 1970.

From 1970 through 1976, I worked my way through the University of Washington, graduating with three degrees in the visual arts and K-12 education. I graduated with Honors and Phi Beta Kappa. While in college my metal and ceramic work was exhibited in several museums in Washington and around the world.

My first teaching job was at Forest Ridge School, a private girls prep school in Bellevue, Washington, where I taught art for three years. 

My husband, Gary C. Anderson, and I married in 1974 soon after he graduated with Honors and PhiBeta Kappa with a degree in Anthropology and a focus on the Puget Coast Salish language. He worked for the City of Seattle and for the Edmunds School District. In 1979, we moved to the family home on the Oregon coast and began our family. For 19 years he managed the Mohler farmers' co-op and later worked for Seaside Schools, the Educational Service District and other groceries. Our two sons attended Seaside schools.

I was a substitute teacher K-12 in all subjects from 1979 to 1990 when I was hired to teach English and act as yearbook advisor. I worked on the Seabreeze until 2002. For six years I coached Cross Country. When there has been a Gay-Straight Alliance, I have been the advisor. 

My Masters of Fine Arts in Writing was earned in from Pacific University in 2005. I was chosen as class speaker and presented on MLA form, journaling, and other aspects of writing whiule in that program. In additional to a chapter in a work of nonficion, my poetry, essays, and fiction have earned an Oregon Literary Arts Fellowship, Arts & Letters fellowship, Soapstone residency, Pushcart nomination, and publication in journals such as The MacGuffin, CALYX, Work Magazine, Raven Chronicles, Ink Filled Page, The Humanist, and North American Review.

My presentations at Oregon Council of Teachers of English are well-attended and I was invited in 2014 to present to the National Council of Teachers of English Regional Conference. 

Outside of school I dote on my family (espcially my granddaughter), weave, knit, quilt, walk and run the beach, and spend time with my husband of over 40 years.