I grew up in upstate NY, in a small college town, where at one point there were more cows than people. True story. I am the youngest of three biracial girls. My adoptive parents (white), whom I adore, are the only Mom & Dad I've ever known.
I learned to read early, and could ride anything with wheels even earlier. Church and my community was a central touchpoint of growing up. Faith and fellowship remain important to me; Metta and I attend St. John's Episcopal Church in a nearby town.
I was a three-season Varsity athlete and an All-American lacrosse player in college. I still love both watching and playing sports, especially basketball and soccer. I've been teaching History for almost 20 years and I'm always looking for stories about the lives of ordinary people who did extraordinary things.
Also, I am a Mama. I was married once before and my ex-wife had our daughter Isabelle (Iz, for short), who I legally adopted. We split, amicably, when Isabelle was 3 and we remain good friends. My ex is now remarried to Isabelle's step-dad and Metta - who has known Isabelle since she was an infant - is Isabelle's step mom.
We do whole-family vacations several times each year and we are very much a part of each other's lives. This year, we celebrated Isabelle's 10th birthday with an all-family roller-skating party followed by everyone heading to the Mall to support Isabelle as she got her ears pierced. Isabelle will be a loving big sister and is so excited about the prospect of a little one joining our family.
Fun Facts About Martha
- Born "Baby Girl" and adopted five days later and joined her older sisters, who are also adopted
- Was an All-American lacrosse player in college
- Birthmother was Italian and biological father was African American
- Has been teachering history to 5th grade - 12 grade students for over 20 years
- Has traveled to 43 countries and 48 states
- Loves music and plays the piano and trumpet
What makes me happy:
- Reading books and solving crosswords
- Snuggling with my daughter, Isabelle
- Playing SimCity and other computer games
- Fishing early in the morning
- Watching and playing sports
- Grilling and backyard bbqs