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I was born 24 October 1968 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. When I was nine, my parents (both of whom have now retired from over 30 years of teaching) moved my older sister, me and my younger brother to Tulsa, OK. In 1987, I graduated from Booker T. Washington High School and started my college career at Kentucky State University as an honors student in the Whitney Young Scholars Program. I worked hard enough in high school to receive academic, band, track and softball scholarships to KSU.

Once my two years were up in the honor’s program, I moved into the regular university but found it very un-challenging. My high school had been a magnet school, and I’d taken Advanced Placement classes most of the time I was there, so much of what I was learning in the regular university was information to which I’d already been exposed in high school. In the fall of 1989, I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., but even that achievement wasn’t enough to motivate me to stay and drudge through educational content that wasn’t challenging my intellect. After three years at KSU, I made the decision to transfer to Howard University.

It was the best higher education decision I could have made for myself, although I had to leave all of my scholarships behind at KSU. After my first semester at Howard, I did do well enough to get awarded an academic scholarship, but it didn’t cover most of my expenses. Even with working three part-time jobs and going to school full-time, I managed to amass $30,000 in student loans to finance the rest of my undergraduate degree. The best two internships I had when I was a student at Howard was one for the Democratic National Committee and one for the Anti-Defamation League, both of which were a direct result of my major.

Despite working so much, I was able to graduate Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies and a minor in American History. Because of my mastery of grammar, spelling and punctuation, I was able to get a job with the National Captioning Institute in Vienna, VA. I didn’t find out until about seven months into my employment that I was the only Live Display Captioner on staff who didn’t have a degree in English. I didn’t even realize that was one of the prerequisites for the job. I simply did well enough on the written examination to qualify for the position. I think it’s one of the reasons I take these things so seriously now.

In 1996, I moved back to Oklahoma and became an eighth-grade American Studies teacher. I loved that job. I loved my students. I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. I knew it was my calling. I’d planned to teach for 30 years, like my parents, but I learned that the Army was paying off student loans. Since I had $30,000′s worth, and I didn’t want to take 15 years to pay them off, I decided to enlist. At the age of 30, I became an Information Systems Operator Analyst for the next six and a half years, and the Army paid off my loans in the first three. I was stationed at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, Fort Gordon and Fort Benning in Georgia, Taegu in South Korea and finished my active duty commitment at the Pentagon in the Military District of Washington.

After leaving the military, I became a Computer Applications Trainer with EEI Communications in Alexandria, VA. My father had the foresight to get us involved with computers when I was in middle school, so I’ve been working with computers since I was 14. That’s actually why I chose to be an Information Systems Operator Analyst when I joined the Army. When I came off active duty, I decided to combine two things I love; computers and teaching. I’ve been doing it for the last three years, and I enjoy it tremendously.

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Another Chance
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 11,530. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2012 by SolaPress Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas, Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Robert "Bobby" Thennel is the youngest of four brothers. While his three brothers and father are police officers, Bobby has become more familiar with law enforcement from the other end of the spectrum. His drinking, drugging and thieving always puts him in contention with the rest of the family, especially his third brother, Gavin.
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 8,880. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011 by SolaPress Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
To the world outside her home, Kara is a professional student. She has multiple degrees and seems to be interested in acquiring more.
The Pride
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 50,640. Language: English. Published: August 16, 2011 by SolaPress Categories: Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman, Fiction » African American fiction » Urban life
Four women have two things in common. They're all mothers, and the father of their children is the same man. On of the women convinces the other three that the four of them must pick up the slack where their children's father is unable.

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  • Two Weeks in the South of France on Aug. 25, 2012

    I have five categories worth five points each that I then average by five to create a basic review and offer a star rating. My review for "Two Weeks in the South of France" is as follows: Book cover – 5 points - extremely vivid Cohesive storyline - 5 points – the story stayed on subject from beginning to end Spelling/Grammar/Punctuation (SGP) – 2 points - lots of missing punctuation; many places where punctuation is misused; many missing and misused words; the entire book only needs a quick edit Character development – 4 points – the mother seemed to play a much larger role overall, but she was very marginalized throughout the story Credibility - 4.5 points - it would have made more sense to have the mother more involved, since the main character wasn’t really acquainted with the father who was the catalyst for most of the main character’s actions