I’m a certified Middle School Language Arts Teacher from Lavallette, New Jersey, who leaps out of bed each morning ready to greet my students as they come in complaining and moaning about how they hate to read and write. But I don’t take that personally. Instead, I try to find fun and innovative ways to get them to love it as much as I do.
I enjoy sharing ideas with my colleagues at school, and participating in professional development opportunities on Twitter (@susankotch). Join me each weekday morning at 5:30 Eastern at #bfc530, and weekends on Saturday mornings at 7:30 Eastern at #satchat, and on Sunday mornings at 9:00 Eastern at #sunchat.
When I’m not in a classroom, you can find me out and about town in Lavallette, a seaside resort town that is home to beautiful ocean and bay beaches. The winters are quiet when the tourists go home, and the island is given back to the “locals”. Once the weather warms, you can find me kayaking, boating, sitting on the beach reading, swimming, strolling the boardwalk, biking around, and then grabbing a frozen custard. Sasha, my Golden Doodle, is part of the town’s Goose Patrol, keeping the fields free of geese. Believe it or not, winters bring plenty of snow to the island. We were all affected by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, and our town continues to rebuild from its aftermath. But as they say, we are “JerseyStrong”, and our town is looking better than ever! If you are ever in the neighborhood, do pay our little town a visit!
I grew up in the Northern part of New Jersey, in a little town called Kenilworth. It was one of those towns where everyone knew everyone, and you could send your kids out in the morning and not worry about them all day. I remember leaving the house in the morning with my bike, my baseball mitt and my bathing suit, and since it was before cell phones, I knew to get home when the streetlights came on. Summers in Kenilworth always ended with a two week family vacation to the Jersey Shore, and that's when my love of the beach began..
It was my love of the beach life that inspired the setting for my first novel, Casey of Cranberry Cove. It was written as part of my quest to get young teens interested in reading. The novel is set in a town very much like my own Lavallette. As a matter of fact, you’ll see many similarities between my town and Cranberry Cove. What better muse for a writer than an idyllic beach paradise?
The sequel, High Flier, follows Casey as she navigates her first year of high school.
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