Charlotte Gleason

Gleason_charlotte_headshot_120115.docx I knew I wanted to be an English teacher by the time I was a junior in high school. My lifelong love of reading and the ability to clarify my thoughts with words motivated me to pursue a degree in secondary English education and later, a master’s in liberal studies with an emphasis in literature. After teaching high school English for five years, I decided to stay home after the birth of my first son. For the past seven years, I have been homeschooling my children and serving as a part-time faculty member at Cairn University, teaching composition, literature, and education courses. Currently, I oversee all of the English composition courses at Cairn, providing training and feedback for the instructors. My children can attest to my commitment to all things reading and writing. After teaching an evening composition course at Cairn University, I awake the next morning determined to teach my 4-year old son to love C.S. Lewis, my 8-year old daughter to write in complete sentences, and my almost 10-year old to use active verbs instead of countless “to be” verbs. Needless to say, my children are ready for a break before lunch. When I am not attempting to create little (and bigger) writers, I am outside – walking, chasing three children, weeding a large garden, or rescuing chickens from being over-loved.