Marie is a certified K-8 teacher in Ontario with a private practice in remedial reading at The Reading Room, now located in her home in Colborne, Ontario.
She has trained in the remedial PhonoGraphix Program with Read America, the children’s Discover Reading Program in Calgary, and the Association Method for Language Deficient Children.
As a reading/writing specialist, Marie has worked with many children teaching them reading, writing, and spelling skills that have greatly enhanced their abilities to read and work at grade level in their classrooms.
Marie has recently finished writing a mid-grade children’s novel and is seeking a publisher. A Girl From the Attic is a time-slip story about girl living in an historic, octagonal house in Ontario.
In October 2016, Marie’s memoir piece “Manifestations from the Pond” was printed in the online magazine Nature Writing. It is also included in the Spirit of Hills anthology Hill Spirits II. Marie’s memoir piece “Settlers’ Effects” can be found in the Hill Spirits III anthology.
Marie’s poetry has won awards in the Cramahe Library’s annual poetry contests. Winning entries can be found under Writing.
Over the past decade, Marie has taken numerous memoir and children’s writing courses at the Haliburton School of Arts with Ted Staunton and Nora Zylstra-Savage. Marie is a member of the Spirit of the Hills Writer’s Group, CANSCAIP, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and the Society of Children’s Writers and Illustrators.