Kelley Callahan Chikos
I was born as a very young child in post-WWII-era Detroit. It was a wonderful place to grow up! Four adults, three kids and a cat inhabited our 750-square foot house. One bathroom. Did we need more? No.
I married my current husband, Frank, when we were 22. Young and foolish. Now we're old and foolish. It still works for us. We have two sons, who have given us two beautiful, genius-IQ grandchildren. Do we need more? No.
But as the kids grew and Detroit hit the skids, we moved on to Hartville, Ohio, a little town just south of Cleveland, adding to our life: cows, Amish folks and, well, more cows.
Then the job in Ohio hit the skids. So we moved on to Chicago area, where I went to work at Kraft Foods, in the complaint department of all places, listening to people complain about such life-altering issues as moldy cheese and sexy uses for LeCreme.
Had to be something better, so I trekked back to school and became a teacher. Landed a job at a middle school in a poor suburban school district, for which I was exquisitely unprepared. I attempted to teach 140 prepubescent students who, with the exception of one, hated English and could detect the tantalizing scent of First Year Teacher from down the hall and around the corner. I had no textbooks, no supplies (except 17 boxes of brads!) and a principal who was bummed because he couldn't hire the teacher he really wanted. I knew right then--someday--I had to write a book to help fledgling teachers. Thus was born Trickle Down Teaching!
I now live outside Chicago with dear Frank and two cats who sit on my head until I get out of bed in the morning.
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