Shauna Comes of Cuba, NY

1. (#2663 A Day to Remember) – I was born on August 14, 1980 and was the first of three children. 2. (#0872 Bear) – I earned my nickname early in life, and exactly where it came from varies depending on who you ask. My father claims the Elton John song “Sugar Bear” was the inspiration, while my mom claims I always made growling noises. Either way the nickname “Bear” stuck. Because of the nickname, I have a collection of bears in many forms that have been given to me over the years. 3. (#1363 Book) – From a very young age, I have had an interest in books and reading. As a precocious 4 year old, I would state that I wanted to be an author and illustrator when I grew up. That dream changed over time, and though I would still like to write, I have instead become an English teacher, and my love of reading remains. 4. (#0800 Palette) – My dreams of illustrating books someday have fallen to the wayside, but my interest in art remains, and drawing is one of my many hobbies. Art is in fact one of my main hobbies, and is related to most of the others such as photography, crafts, and scrap booking. 5. (#1523 Baseball) – Baseball is one of my favorite sports to watch, and one of the few sports I also play. From the time I was young, as a T-ball player, until I was in middle school, on a little league team, I played on organized teams. We also had regular whiffle ball games in the neighborhood, and when there were no games, I often used the backyard for my own batting practice. Now my interest in baseball is evident mostly as a fan of the Yankees, who I often watch on TV. 6. (#2110 Apple) – The apple, to me, represents both my state, New York, where I was born and raised, and the city of New York, which I enjoy visiting. I try to get to New York City at least once a year for shopping and sightseeing. I love the energy and the hustle and bustle of the city. New York City at night is truly beautiful. My first unforgettable trip was at age 9 the summer before 4th grade, and I returned 9 years later as a senior for my class trip. Apples also represent many fall afternoons spent picking apples and making homemade applesauce with my mother and grandmother. 7. (#6508 Class of 1998) – 1998 was the year I graduated from high school. My school was in a small town, and was the school I attended from the time I started kindergarten. I knew everyone in my class of about 90 students, and it isn’t uncommon to see one of them while out shopping or running errands. 8. (#2423 Sling Back Heels) – My slight obsession with shoes probably started at a very early age with the slouchy ankle boots I got when I was 6 or 7 years old. However, I did not start “collecting” them until 11th or 12th grade. People regularly ask me how many pairs of shoes I own, and I have had many friends try to talk me into getting rid of some, or not buying any more. Now, people are “proud” of me if I come back from a shopping trip without a new pair of shoes.—And in case you are curious, I don’t have hundreds of shoes, only about 40 pairs! 9. (#1806 Cat) – I have always been a “cat person.” I had a black kitten named Pudding when I was young. Unfortunately, Pudding was a rambunctious cat and my parents gave him back to my aunt after he knocked the fishbowl off the hutch. For years, I begged my father for another cat, and two years ago he finally gave in. My cat now is named Peaches, and everyone comments on what a pretty cat she is. She is very well-behaved and easygoing. She sleeps on my bed, and each month she lets me dress her up and pose her for a new calendar picture. 10. (#0179 Graduation) (engraved) – In 2002, I graduated from Nazareth College in Rochester, NY with my BA in English 7-12. Going away to college was my first time away from home for an extended length of time, and though it was difficult at first, my four years there gave me some of my closest friends, and a world of experience. Since then I have completed a Masters degree at a school closer to home, and I am now looking for a permanent teaching position.

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