Lori Polydoros

MA English & Creative Writing - Fiction, Class of 2015

"This program has already helped me to hone my skills as a writer and a teacher."

I am a children's author and middle school English teacher. When I was in fourth grade, I knew I wanted to be a writer. After college, though, I found it tough to find a job that paid off my debt and my bills. I started substitute teaching at the elementary level, and found that I loved it, so I got my elementary teaching credential. But teaching can drain your creative juices. So eventually, when I had my son, I went part-time, and my love affair with writing began again.

I have been writing seriously for middle grade readers and young adults since. And though I've published many books through freelance jobs, I long to sell a novel, a story truly from my heart, and share it with kids everywhere. I've had to go back to teaching full-time again for a consistent salary and benefits (I went back and got my single subject credential in English and finally landed a middle school job teaching 8th grade). But I have not given up the dream, and I continue to write.

My goal is complete my master’s in creative writing at SNHU by next summer, which will advance my salary. This program has already helped me to hone my skills as a writer and a teacher. I hope to teach writing at the college level after this, so I can have a more flexible schedule, continue to write and follow my dreams and continue to be inspired as I travel the world (for which I am completely obsessed). Thank you, SNHU, for creating the steps to help me achieve my long-term goals.