Harriet Arkley, Author of The Good News Chair

Harriet Face Forward WebsiteMy devotion to young children began when I was a college student and spent two summers as a camp counselor on an island off the coast of Washington.  Taking on the camp name of Twinkle I suddenly found myself acting as a mother, nurse, and teacher.  I fell in love with the role of teacher and enrolled in a teacher education program.  For seven instructive years I taught elementary school, stopping only to raise three sons of our own.

Working part-time as adjunct faculty in a teacher education program ignited my interest in earning an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. Back on an exciting career track, I coordinated early childhood programs for the Springfield Illinois public schools, was the principal of the Withrow Early Childhood Center, and finally was the first principal of the Springfield Ball Charter School.

In all of these settings I saw how important it was to keep my eye on what is right for each child and to positively influence their good behavior and self-image. The Good News Chair book is one way of passing along what I have learned about making a difference in the lives of young children.

As a new retiree in the Pacific Northwest, I co-coordinate a gardening program for young children and their parents, volunteer at a neighborhood elementary school, and delight in every minute spent with my granddaughter.  There is time too for hiking in the Cascades, spoiling my Golden Retriever, being entertained by our tuxedo cat, knitting, traveling, and spending lots of time with family and friends.