Author ID: mariwinn

Born and raised in Essex County, NJ, I have been a resident of Joplin from February 1992 until November 2012 when I moved to the Springfield, Missouri area. A graduate of Rutgers University, I hold a B.A. degree with a major in English/education and a minor in history/Spanish, have taken advanced courses in American Studies, and am certified in NJ to teach English K-12 and elementary education. I have about 30 years experience in various aspects of journalism, including photography. Widowed in 1999, I have two grown children.