I graduated from the University of Delaware in 1988 with a Bachelor's Degree in French Literature and Education.
I taught French in Baltimore County Public Schools for three years in the 1990s.
I have educated my four children at home since 1996. At this time, only the youngest child remains at home, while the older are in the local public schools.
My brother-in-law challenged me to attempt translating a chemical engineering patent, and when I tried it, I found that I enjoyed the work very much. When I compared my translation to the professional translation he supplied, I was pleased to see that my work was of the same quality, and in fact, possibly better for use in an American company (the translation was in British English).
My success was partly due to the fact that my husband has a degree in Chemical Engineering, so that he was able to tell me if my work sounded right to the ears of a professional engineer. Also, I made fast use of online tools which I readily found. On my very first attempt, I translated five pages in three hours.
Since leaving the teaching profession, I have found the Internet to be an excellent resource in keeping up with my French language. I also use review textbooks on a regular basis in order to maintain the level of fluency I enjoyed as an instructor in beginning French. Whenever possible, I see movies and read novels in French, as well.