In 1972 I completed my Fine Arts degree from Westfield State College (now Westfield State University). Ready to conquer the world, I set out to be an art teacher at the elementary level. It was exciting to land a job in my hometown.
The position involved "running" (well. not really) from school to school and teaching the art curriculum at grade levels: Kindergarten through fifth grade. I was assigned three schools in the district, which numbered about 1000 kids in a two-week rotation.