In Shirley’s own words:
I’m a mother, grandmother, retired teacher, and self-published author of children’s picture books called the Pelican Family Series. I love learning and helping children learn. I also love observing nature. It was doing that, watching a long line of brown pelicans fly by at the Manhattan Beach pier, that gave me the inspiration for writing a children’s book series.
I have over 30 years’ experience in teaching in a variety of grades from preschool to grade eight; and I have a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. One of the most delightful parts of being an author is being able to share my books with others, especially children, and interacting with them as they engage with the characters and the stories. I have presented my books, accompanied by an actual-pelican-sized, green puppet, named Pelly, in preschools, elementary schools, libraries, and at books stores, and events for families.
My husband, Ron and I lived in Bakersfield, California, (not really near a beach), but going to the beach is one of my favorite nature-observing activities. Another super fun thing about my books is that our son, Christopher, is the illustrator for the series. He likes to draw our cartoon characters, (and does a fantastic job of it).
Since moving to the Townehouse, I have met many new friends and I am enjoying my peaceful apartment that overlooks the beautiful gardens.
My grandmother lives at the Ventura Townehouse and I feel confident that she is in good hands. They get her to her appointments and provide any aftercare that she may need. Everyone there is friendly and like family. I feel like I’m at home when I go there to visit her and eat with her in the dining room.
Recently, I visited my Mom from Chicago. Each day I offered to take us out and about in Ventura. We found ourselves having such an enjoyable time at the Townehouse we didn’t leave. The dining room was so lovey to enjoy with her friends. Patios welcoming and the activities kept us busy. We laughed and had fun all day! Thank you everyone for making me feel at home and making my visit special. It’s always hard to leave my mom. But not as hard when I know she is so happy! Until my next visit!
Staff is very helpful and always concerned about my Mother’s needs, the interior and grounds maintenance is exceptional. Dining provides healthy menus to choose from. Front desk staff is always friendly and helpful. Best decision we ever made was bringing my mom here.