When I was 13 years old, I had my first teaching job – I taught beginner and intermediate horseback riding lessons in exchange for free advanced lessons. Then I got involved in our local YMCA and started teaching swimming, arts and crafts and gym activities. I have been involved in education most of my life as both student and educator.

I’m passionate about the outdoors, conservation education and human and civil rights. I’ve not been terribly interested in politics (I’ve always voted). I felt our democracy was secure. I felt the checks and balances of the Executive, Judicial and Legislative branches of our government were working, the constitution – still debated – intact and relevant. Swings between “Democrat” and “Republican” were normal and our government was set up to handle those swings. And then came November 2016.

The 2016 Presidential election changed everything for me and ignited my passion for democratic processes, the US Constitution, media literacy and the truth. After talking with supporters of both President Trump and Ms. Clinton, it became crystal clear that “we the people…” have a bigger literacy problem than I realized. Hence, I am again, a student and an educator.

Disclaimer: I am not a media literacy expert. My thoughts, ideas, and opinions are my own and do not reflect any entity or individual. I represent only myself.