Cheryl Schoonmaker recently received her M.A. in English from SUNY Albany where she has taught English and Women's Studies classes. She is currently a writing tutor at Hudson Valley Community College and hoping to soon be hired as a "Human Potential Advocate" at her local YWCA. Cheryl has also taught job and life skills to adults with developmental disabilities. One foot in academia, the other in human services, she is enjoying the wild ride. She loves and lives with Deb, an engineer who is saving the world one fuel cell at a time. Cheryl thanks her parents for their love and support of her, despite differences of opinion and some rocky patches along the way. Although her essay raises questions about their acceptance of her "lifestyle," she has never doubted their love for her.
Read an excerpt from "Wanting"