I first met Susan Lovelace on Orientation Day of my junior year of high school. This was a chance for students to pick up their schedule for the semester, see where their classrooms were, catch up with former teachers, and meet new ones. I popped into her classroom for a quick hello; she was new to SRHS that year and I was curious to see who had taken over the reins of IB English.
I walked out of the classroom over an hour later. We had spoken about topics ranging from (Jane) Austen to Zora (Neale Hurston) and everything in between, including our shared love of Shakespeare. It was at this first meeting that I learned about the Cambridge International Shakespeare Summer School, little realising then that I would have the chance to attend myself the following summer … or what an impact it would have on me. After all, my current life in the UK stems from this!
Now, nearly 20 years later, Mrs. Lovelace continues to provide opportunities for students, even after her retirement from teaching. Through her involvement with the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation Teen Writers’ Workshops, I have been encouraged to design a course about Blogging Basics. While I think blogging is a great activity whatever your age, I am looking forward to speaking to the next generation of Indian River County students about how they can launch their own blog and carve out a bit of cyberspace for themselves.
Through the wonder of modern technology (a.k.a. Skype), I will be at the Environmental Learning Center on October 21st from 1:00pm-4:00pm. If you are a teenager (or know a teenager) in the Indian River County region, please consider signing up. This will be the first time the ELC has had a speaker deliver their presentation over Skype, and I’d like to extend my thanks for their help in testing the equipment and getting everything sorted.