Hello, I’m Bronwyn. With my husband and Dorkie (Dachshund-Yorkie) along for the ride, I’m moving through the unchartered territory of parenting 21st century teens. In addition to helping my sixteen-year-old daughter and eighteen-year-old son prepare for adulthood, I’m also an educator. When I'm not burning the home fires or working with students, I can think of nothing I'd rather be doing than putting my pen to the paper and communicating with friends like you.
What can I gain from this website?
My hope is that something you read on this site will leave you feeling more hopeful, connected, and in touch with your place in the world!
Whether you want to read about people making a difference in the world, or delve into the benefits of spending time in nature, you will find all of this and more on the Articles page.
Feel free to check out some human interest articles I’ve written about individuals pouring themselves into the world at large as a result of discovering their passion. You’ll also find a story highlighting my own experience of growing up off-the-grid as well as articles on how those experiences have influenced my parenting.
Tell me more about your work as an educator
Like all teachers, I have a story to tell. Mine starts like this...
After five years of teaching elementary students at a classical school in North Idaho, when most of my friends were beginning to settle down and buy their first homes, I left town to embark on a new adventure with my husband. We traveled to Portland where my husband attended seminary and I gave birth to our first child. Let's just say we both like a good challenge. Taking a few years off of teaching afforded me the opportunity to care for my son while gaining new perspectives on teaching through taking time out to grow as a learner. On weekends or vacation days, my hubby would care for our son, while I immersed myself in professional development courses. Let's also say I'm big on self care and ensuring that teaching remains an integral part of my life, no matter what!
Eventually a position in ministry led us to relocate to a small rural community, located on the outskirts of the Colville Indian Reservation. While my husband was busy attending to spiritual needs within the community, I gave birth to our second child, and not too long after, once again, began to teach elementary school. Only, this time around, students no longer came from privileged homes in which parents paid for them to attend my classes. Rather, these children often came to school without having breakfast. Parents unable to pay an electricity bills resulted in at least one of my students returning to a cold, dark house. Others lived with the ongoing trauma of parents who had been incarcerated. The burdens my students carried were heavy, sometimes too heavy. Yet, I'm forever grateful these kids came into my life and helped me to better imagine what it's like to feel hungry and lonely, as if the weight of the world is crashing down on you. Without them, I might have never known. Although our family has long since relocated to another area in the Pacific Northwest, that experience empowered me to give ear to the voices of those who are far too often pushed aside and disregarded.
Today, teaching in an alternative learning environment, I offer guidance to families who are seeking to educate children in ways that align with their individual values and rhythms of life. My days in classical education, the time at home devoted to parenting and professional development, as well as the rural teaching, have all brought me to a place in my career that I can truly feel proud to call my own. I'm forever grateful for this ongoing story that only gets better as I nurture and cultivate my passion.
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