When I was about as old as I am in this picture I decided I wanted to be a teacher.
Every year in grade school (that's what we called elementary school back then) whatever grade I
was in, that's the grade I wanted to teach.
My favorite thing to play when I got home from school was --- school!
When I finished college I wanted to teach math. I did that for a while.
Then I decided I wanted to teach people who were becoming teachers how to teach math. I went to school
until I could be called Dr. Christensen (but not the medical kind).
I got married, too, and became a mom. My husband worked hard so I could stay home when our three children were little. I really liked being home with them.
When it came time for me to get a teaching job again, I realized that if I wanted to tell people how to
teach elementary school, I should have some experience myself.
Guess what! I discovered I liked teaching elementary students the best of all, especially the younger
ones. I did that for 13 years. Not many people with "Dr." in front of their name teach Kindergarten-2nd
grade, but I really enjoyed it.
Along the way I discovered that God had given me a gift for making fun learning materials.
Some publishers have liked my materials and thought other people would like them, too---so they've
published 44 of my books and 7 of my math games. More than 500,000 copies have been sold. One of my books
received a Parents' Choice Award, and another has received a Teachers' Choice Award.
Being an author is hard because lots of times publishers decide they don't want to publish your
materials. That's when you get rejections. I've had lots of rejections! I just keep trying.
I'm writing full time now and am excited to see where
God will lead me next.
For Grown-ups (if you really want to know more)