I retired from teaching English in 1999 and am now a freelance web designer. I chose to do this because it allows me to use many of my talents: writing, graphic design, and logical thinking. I also enjoy learning, so I take many classes to keep my skills current and to be inspired by new ideas.
You might not think that being an English teacher would be a natural background for a web designer, but I find many of my skills as an English teacher beneficial. The Internet is primarily a communication tool. Having strong writing skills, as well as a good knowledge of the punctuation, spelling, and grammar of English assures that my sites communicate messages clearly and without error.
Understanding the syntax and logic of language is also a great background for learning about the coding and programming needed for this job. The ability to organize information into logical divisions is a skill I honed through years of developing lessons for my students.
When I'm not having fun creating or learning about creating web sites, I enjoy teaching and playing duplicate bridge and taking care of my husband and two beautiful cats.