For as long as she can remember, Candy’s life has centered around a love for stories.
As a young reader she fell under the spell of books, which—in the words of Emily Dickinson– have the power “to take you worlds away.” Candy soon felt compelled to try crafting her own stories, announcing at the age of 8 that she’d be a writer someday. And her passion for stories only increased when she was cast as the lead in the senior play, a pivotal life event that introduced her to the world of acting. Who could have guessed the incredible feeling of accomplishment a performer experiences when bringing a story to life? Candy was hooked.
Declaring a major in English and the Allied Language Arts kept Candy embedded in reading, writing, and theater courses throughout college, while a job in the field of education allowed her to explore the language skills at a much deeper level. Candy’s professional journey has taken her from the classroom, where she taught 7th and 8th grade Language Arts, to her current position as Instructional Coach. Different stops along the path included a 3-year stint as a KDE Writing Advisory Committee Member, certification as an Adaptive Schools Agency Trainer, a position as part-time instructor at a local university, facilitation of district and regional-level seminars, and recognitions such as the Ashland Teacher Achievement Award.
Candy found an amazing life partner in Kirk, a fellow teacher, raising together two smart and funny children, Kennedy and Camden. Yet while Candy’s life centered around her family and the demands of her profession, she continued to find time for acting. In the past twenty years, Candy has performed in more than 35 theatrical productions, 7 independent films, and a television commercial. She has also recorded the voice-over narration for a training video, served as a model for a webpage, and performed monologues for two podcast series focused on classical works.
With the launch of Scandal Water in 2021, Candy is thrilled to enter into yet another new territory of storytelling, podcasting– and even more so because she gets to do it with her wonderful friend Ashley. She wants to offer a special thanks to the listeners for the important role they’re playing in this exciting new venture!