I was actually born right in the city of Boston….just a few years ago… and grew up in the very historic town of Concord, Massachusetts, home of the American Revolution, and many famous writers and philosophers like Thoreau, Alcott and Emerson. History and visitors from all over the world were just a part of growing up in my town so I feel right at home working in OTT Boston. Every Patriots’ Day in April my family and I still attend the annual parade and watch the Minutemen and British militia meet at the Old North Bridge on the Concord River.
After high school I went off to college in Maine…Colby College..where I majored in French. Junior year was spent studying in France in Paris and in Normandy where I lived with a wonderful French family. While I was there, my friends and I traveled as much as possible all over France and anywhere else we could afford. One very special memory was our trip from Paris to Istanbul and Athens on the original Orient Express train, 4 days in the 3rd class compartment! My love of travel and languages was really ignited that year and they continue to be a very important part of my life. After college I lived in California and in Boston while I tried out some different jobs and took courses in education to get a teaching certificate. My career began with teaching French classes in a middle school and later taking courses in Spanish and French for a Masters in both languages. After many years of teaching both French and Spanish I retired from full time teaching and began thinking about my next career. I had been a tour guide in Boston one summer way back and thought it would be a great way to use my skills. So in 2008 I began my job as a Sales Rep where I can have a “classroom “ of international guests to talk to every day!
When I am not working, I am very involved with my family and friends. My husband Bill and I have two children, Katrina and Will, now in their 20’s and our very special grandson Austin who is six and king of Legos. Of course Rosie the cat and Molly, our new dog, play an important part in our family. We all love to travel, ski, skate, swim and sometimes play golf or tennis. For me reading and my yoga classes give the necessary downtime. My goals for the near future are to continue to learn Italian, travel more and spend lots of time with family and friends.
What is your favorite vacation spot?
Brewster on Cape Cod, it has beautiful sunsets, beaches, ponds and biking trails.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I love singing, so I would like to have a great voice.
If there was one place you would like to live besides your current city, where would it be?
Paris, because it is a great walking city with lots to do.
What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty, flexibility, good listening skills and of course a sense of humor.
Who are your favorite writers?
Southern writers like Pat Conroy or Irish writers likeMaeve Binchy. I will try any book!