Fredonia, New York has always been home to me, even during the fifteen years I lived in Florida as a young adult. My family moved to Port Charlotte, Florida in 1980 and I remained there until the early 1990’s working food and beverage on Sanibel and Captiva Island. One summer, while visiting home, I met my husband Marc Ruckman; I returned to Florida to gather my belongings. Over twenty years have passed and we have raised three beautiful children. Also during that time I earned a Liberal Arts Degree from Jamestown Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Fredonia, State University of New York, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, also from SUNY Fredonia. While completing my coursework our children attended The Campus and Community Children’s Center. My first experiences at CCCC were as a student parent where I was later invited to serve on the Board of Directors and on the personnel committee. While on the Board, I substituted in various districts until I accepted a position at CCCC as Co-teacher in the Butterfly Preschool Classroom. From 2009-2015, for students ages three through five, I developed thematic units that challenged the five early childhood learning domains. Each day my colleague and I read, sang, danced, played and created with our students. I resigned from CCCC in May of 2015 for the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills, and experiences in a larger venue and deepen my relationship with Christ. I am honored to currently serve as the youth director at FFUMC.