Welcome to Ashley's blog! My name is Sally Crouch and I am a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and the owner of Schueler's Personal Care home and I will be your guest blogger for today. A little bit about myself: I have 3 children (all grown and out of the house) and 4 step-children (also grown and out of the house). I started my business almost 20 years ago as a Certified Nursing Assistant and went back to school to become and LPN about 9 years ago. Since then I have ran my business, worked for Trinity Hospice Care, and I began my journey as a grandmother almost 3 years ago. In these 3 short years, my husband and I have welcomed five grandchildren and we have one on the way! Time has gone by rather quickly and life has been full of joy. And although hectic, there is always some things that remain constant. As for my home, that is the importance of reading. Throughout my life, in all aspects, whether it be raising children, running a business, or just making a trip into the store, reading has proved to be the foundation to everything over and over again. When I look back and wonder what I would have done differently, the one thing I never regret is pushing my children to not only read, but to read well. Now that our grandchildren are here, we have the same goal for them. To be able to read means to have opportunities. When you can read, you can reach any goal you set. I grew up with a foreign mother, which meant I had to depend on educators and myself to learn how to read and that is one thing I never wanted my children or my grandchildren to have to worry about. This is a fine example of just how important educators are. Sometimes it is not as simple as a child can't read because they do not want to, but it is possible they have parents that can't teach them. It is because of people like you all (educators, future educators, or simply individuals that care) that children are able to make all of their dreams come true. When we take the time to sit down and teach a child to read a word, guide them through a book, or use our technology to help them communicate, we are opening doors to their future. We are providing them with the essentials they do to make the next steps of their lives. We are impacting their forever. With many odds against me, I was able to become a successful woman and care for my mother in her elder years. It is because of educators that took the time to work with me and guide me that I am the person I am today and I hope one day, you to will make a similar impact on a child's life. Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me!