A bit about Holly

April 2010 to Nov 2011 = not much at all posted to this space.

Now I’m making a concerted effort to develop this blog into a space I’m proud of.

ENFP (Myers-Briggs personality type indicator; fits me to a T/true)

Holly Dilatush: a random timeline

  • Born in Trenton, NJ (and lived there until 1975)
  • spent most childhood summers in Lincoln, Maine (in a cabin on Long Pond, with my family)
  • one amazing daughter, Amber, age 26 (as of Nov. 2011)
  • one pretty nice guy, Warren, for a husband (married since June 21, 1980)
  • many friends around the world
  • graduated Steinert High School, Mercerville (Hamilton Square), NJ, 1973 [average to above average student, not many outstanding accomplishments other than surviving teen years]
  • Ricker College, Houlton, Maine (for one year only, 1974-75)
  • full-time work before and after college
  • married (R.R. Feb. 1976 and moved to Syracuse, NY)
  • separated 1978 and divorced 1979
  • stayed in Syracuse, working full-time in the insurance industry (Liberty Mutual Insurance, Alexander & Alexander Insurance) and met and married Warren
  • adventure: 1980 took a chance and left insurance to pursue dream of owning a floral shop (partnership, Affordable Flowers, Cicero, NY, with Kathy Knittel)
  • [with Warren, lived on Florida Road in Mattydale, VA (rental), then bought our first home on Chestnut St. in North Syracuse, then moved to Maider Road in Clay, NY]
  • 1985: Amber was born, sold my half of shop to Kathy and thought I’d be a happy stay-at-home mom
  • 1987: returned to work part-time (State Farm Insurance agencies — Bill Meyer and Paul Seymour), worked part-time for different floral shops, opened my own floral shop ‘Tis the Season (Phoenix, NY)
  • active mom: nursery school volunteer, PTA, Camp Fire Boys and Girls, S.I.T. (School Improvement Team), library volunteer
  • 1995: returned to university studies, loved it! summa cum laude 1998 [Education and English Literature], several scholarships and awards (poetry, leadership)
  • 1999: moved to Charlottesville, Virginia with Amber [Garden Court, Albemarle County and then home on Stony Point Road, Barboursville, VA.
  • Initially accepted position teaching English at Walker Upper Elementary School, Charlottesville [two weeks before school year began was advised I’d be reassigned to teaching math!  Resigned my position that fall, then worked at Whole Foods as their floral department supervisor one year, University of Virginia in a program administrator position for the Office of African-American Affairs, then found Adult Education and have remained in the field of Adult Education ever since
  • Warren joined us 2001, sold Maider Road home, but still continues to commute to Syracuse, NY each tax season (he’s a tax preparer, has over 800 tax clients in NY)
  • 2004 to 2005: accepted a position as Visiting Professor at The Catholic University of Korea (Songsim campus) — a fantastic experience!
  • August 10, 2006: Barboursville home burned to the ground (not an experience to wish on anyone)
  • Halloween, 2006: moved to our current home in Albemarle County, VA
  • Spring 2007: lost my full-time work in Adult Ed (grant funding discontinued) / husband lost his non-tax season job same year (Stock Building Supply closed its doors after decades of business)
  • Summer 2007: began master’s degree
  • April 1, 2009: my parents, both lifelong residents of NJ until this date, moved to VA (15 minutes from our home)
  • November 2008: began work as facilitator and consultant for Global English, working on EnglishCafe.com
  • August 2009: graduated with a Master Degree in Adult Education and Training
  • 2008 – 2012 consultant and facilitator of classes for EnglishCafe.com
  • 2012 – 2016 founder, online community manager, lead teacher/facilitator for LEWWWP:  Learn English With a WorldWide Perspective (site closed Dec. 2016)
  • 2017 – to be determined!  started a Tumblr blog:  haikuholly [hope to resume live classes spring of 2017]

2 thoughts on “A bit about Holly

  1. Holly, Many, many years ago, my grandfather Leland Stanford Reed painted billboards on Rt 130 for Earl Dilatush’s Holly Nursery. Probably in the 20s/30s. Do any members of your family have photos? I have none and would really like to see something my grandfather painted.

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