Retirement offers new beginnings, if one is willing to take a chance. My retirement from teaching began five years ago. I had taught for 41 years. I was only 20 years old when I began my teaching career in Hardee County, a rural county in Florida. Now, I was fortunate it was an hour's drive, by taking the backroads, from my parent's home in Plant City, Florida. After graduating, from the University of South Florida, with a B.A. in Elementary Education, to my dismay, there was a freeze on hiring teachers in the county I lived in, as well as neighboring counties. One thing I am grateful for about coming to Hardee County, besides having a job, was becoming familiar with the programs they used. Those-in-charge believed in using skilltext workbooks. I taught there for three years before moving to Tampa and eventually getting married. Since I was acquainted in using skilltext reading materials, I never thought I'd ever use this approach again, until my last three years of teaching for Norfolk Public Schools in Virginia.
What the public does not realize, is that teachers are told what to teach, as well as what materials they have to use, except when they are close to retirement. So, when I entered my last three years, I decided to create and design my own products to use with my students, which included re-designing skilltext reading materials.
For several years, instead of publishing these materials, I wanted to build a read-aloud library with free follow-up activities for my website, www.topsthemonkey.com. Finally, after completely this 'love-of-reading' project, I am now able to post low-cost, but effective reading materials on Amazon Ignite.
FYI: My author's name for Amazon Ignite is Sharon Brown (my maiden name).