I've always enjoyed writing, and actually wrote my first book in the sixth grade! There is something magical about words, and I find the power of the written word fascinating.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, to Jean and John Cipa, I enjoyed growing up in the small town of Fraser, Michigan. There was never a dull moment in the house, since I had three older sisters and two younger brothers. During my high school years, I was very active in music. I was selected to represent the United States playing clarinet in the "America's Youth in Concert" tour in 1974. I married my high school sweetheart in 1975, Michael Jankowski. We promised to put each other through college, which we did. He continues to be my sweetheart, best friend, and number one supporter. We now have two sons, Christopher and Alex.
I attended Macomb College and Wayne State University in the state of Michigan, before completing my BS in Education at the University of South Florida in 1991. I was a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and participated in the SCATT Honors program for teachers. I taught for Pasco County Schools, grades 4-8, specializing in Math, Reading and Critical Thinking.
Ten years later, I started a new chapter in my life. I joined my husband, the entrepeneur, and took over a position at Quality Plywood Specialties, Inc. Keeping my writing on file, I finally decided to seek publication of some of my work. I am hoping that someday I will have the opportunity to write full time. Writing, like teaching, is a passion.
In my spare time, I like to travel with my family and spend time with my two dogs, Abby and Max.