Growing up in a small town in Connecticut, a thriving community with so many opportunities in this day and age, prompted Claire, whose Irish grandparents never even went to high school, to pursue her education with gusto. After studying biology and earth science in college, Claire returned home to teach school. Her students adore her, Claire in turn, loves the chance to help children understands more about their world around them and to guide them toward learning as a life time commitment. Although her own graduate degree is still a distant dream, she knows for certain it will happen someday. But, in the meantime, she has her wonderful family to raise, her teaching to keep her busy and her best friend and husband Patrick with hwome she meets life's challenges.