Archive for January, 2011

Meet Our Hygiene Assistant, Kimberly

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, January 24, 2011

My name is Kimberly. I am a Hygiene Assistant at Dental Care Associates of Spokane Valley in Spokane Valley, Washington.

I was born in Virginia. I was raised in a small town called Patrick County. As a child I was very active in sports. While attending Stuart Elementary School, I played soccer and basketball, and while attending Patrick County High School I played volleyball. My family was very involved in our local church, Harvest Worship Center, so when I wasn’t busy with sports, I was always at a church function. After high school I went to the local community college for a semester in business but wasn’t too interested in it. This is when I figured out I needed something more hands on, just wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do.

I have always wanted to travel, so I moved out to Spokane, Washington, and was given the opportunity to attend Carrington College for Dental Assisting. I had an amazing teacher who was always willing to go that extra mile to make sure that the students understood everything she was teaching. I was very lucky to have her as part of my learning experience. Now that I am a hygiene assistant at Dr. Hood’s office it gives me the opportunity to put to use my college education. I love meeting all of the patients and hearing about their lives or just interests in general.

When I am not working, I like to hang out with friends and my two little pups, Brownie and Kaiser. Since I have no kids or any type of family up here, it’s nice to have two little companions. They are always keeping me busy. I have had the pups since they were only 6 weeks old, and now they are almost 4 years old. Time sure does fly by. Hopefully, when I do have kids, they will still be around to bring as much happiness to the children as they have brought to me.


The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference

posted by Karen Jean Matkso Hood
Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good morning. Today is January 18, 2011, and I am busy planning for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators conference. This conference takes place in New York City later this month, which I will be attending.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) was founded 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children’s writers. It is an international organization based in Los Angeles, California, representing professionals in the field of children’s literature. It is the world’s largest children’s writing organization and the only international organization for people who write, illustrate, or have a professional interest in children’s literature. There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters, writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels. The SCBWI facilitates communication between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, and others involved in the field.

Membership in this society provides many benefits for writers, including information and support, access to awards and grants, networking, local workshops and get-togethers, inside publications, online resources, manuscript and illustration exchange, member discounts, and more.

The SCBWI sponsors two annual conferences, on the west and east coasts of the United States, usually in Los Angeles and New York City, as well as many regional conferences and events throughout the world. It publishes a bi-monthly newsletter, has an interactive website, and gives out a number of awards and grants. Among these are the annual Golden Kite Award for the best fiction and nonfiction books and the Sid Fleischman Humor Award.

At this year’s winter conference there will be a panel discussion on Creating and Recreating the Picture Book: Three Views. There are also three workshops about What Makes Your Work Publishable: Today’s Market in Children’s Books.

I am looking forward to all the other authors I will meet at this conference, as well as all I will learn from the speakers and workshops.