Rebecca Crosdale was born on the island of Jamaica in 1955. The first fourteen years of her life were spent there helping her grandparents on their small farm. During her years in Jamaica, she learned the valuable lesson of hard work. It was a culture where children were expected to work as hard as grownups and some times even harder.
In the meantime, she attended the Middleton Primary School to the age of twelve and then Morant Bay High until she was fourteen.
She immigrated to England at the age of fourteen where she joined her father who had been living there for some time. She began attending Hatters Lane School for girls. This school was located in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Her education was cut short as she graduated from Hatters Lane two years later. She graduated with a Certificate of Secondary Education in Art, English, Mathematics and Religious Knowledge.
After graduating school in England, she went on to work in the Harrison Stamp Factory. There she had the opportunity to stand in the presence of the Queen of England, the Duke of Edinburgh and her two younger sons, Andrew and Edward. She later went on to London School of Technologies for basic computer skills after which she worked a Key Punch Operator at G-Plan Furniture in High Wycombe.
After spending 9 years in England, she immigrated to the United States where she now resides. She's been no less busy since her arrival in America. She attended and graduated from Suffolk Community College (AA. Degree) and Stony Brook University with a BA Degree. Afterward, she put her skills to use and has worked in the Human Services Field in areas such as Mental Health and Mental Retardation. She worked for the Long Island Developmental Disabilities Office for almost 25 years. She currently works at EPIC Long Island, as Medicaid Service Coordinator, advocating on the behalf of people with mental cognition.
When she’s not working to help others, Ms. Crosdale is an avid traveler, traveling across many continents. In the course of her travels she has experienced many different cultures and has learned a lot about the different peoples she has met.
She has trekked the globe from Europe to Egypt, from North America to Bogata, Columba, from China to India, and visited many of the island in the Caribbean. She has touched the rocks of Stone Henge, climbed the Eiffel Tower, dropped a penny in the Trevi Fountain, ridden the gondola in Venice. She’s walked with the Pigeons in Florence, climbed to mount Elijah in the Greek Isles, walked in the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, climbed into the Pyramid of Egypt, walked on the Great Wall of China, visited with the monks in Ankor Wat Cambodia, visited with the Terra Cotta Soldier and passed through the Panama canal.
Rebeca also enjoys gardening, cooking and photography.
She has a great desire to share some of her experiences, many with children who may never have the experiences or enjoy the firsthand knowledge that she has gained.
Writing, she feels, is probably the best way to share.
The innocuous Spider in “The Spider In My Den” inspired her to begin writing and she has now completed her first children’s book with many more to follow.