An Indiana native, I have taught English and social studies to high school students in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, and Florida. My husband, Thomas Olshewsky, and I live in Sarasota Florida. We have seven children and four grandchildren between us.
To research this book, Thom and I moved to Pennsylvania for nine years. I volunteered for the education program of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation where I learned open hearth cooking, spinning, and candle making. I traveled the route of Noble’s journeys to Fort Cumblerland and Easton. My research took me to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College, the Chester County (PA) Historical Society, the Northampton (PA) Historical and Genealogical Society, and the British Library in London.
I am available for school visits either in person or via Skype, to speak with students about the issues raised in The Snake Fence, about the colonial period, about conducting historical research and the writing process. I am also available to speak with teachers of social studies and English language arts about how to use The Snake Fence to achieve the Common Core standards.