Hi, I’m Shelby Wagner, and welcome to my new website as an author of the new book series, “Through It All.” The concept of this series is to present true stories and suggestions about dealing with and surviving the difficult times we must face in our our lives.
I was born in an old Arkansas farmhouse, the same one in which my mother and her siblings were born. My family moved to Pontiac, Michigan when I was eight and at fifteen we moved to Auburn Hills. MI. I graduated from Avondale High School and became a music major as a member of the Charter Class of Oakland University. However, the program was not developed in time for me and I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education (1963). My education career began at Daniel Axford Elementary School, Oxford, MI, where I taught a class of 39 first graders.
The next year I accepted a third grade position at Meadowbrook Elementary School in Rochester, MI., and later moved on teach sixth graders. During this time I earned a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from MSU. Twenty-four years later I received my Bachelor of Music degree in organ and voice from Oakland University.
My husband, Robert, and I had two children and I was a stay-at-home-Mom for six years raising our babies. During this period I also was church organist, taught several piano and organ students in my home, and was an active Sunday School Superintendent. As part of this position, I wrote a teacher training course for Sunday School teachers and drew up blueprints for better use of the existing two basements and former sanctuary into independent classrooms and less noisy atmosphere.
I have been a church organist and director of church choirs of all ages for over 60 years. I presently play at the United Methodist Church in Burr Oak, MI.
When I am not working, I enjoy writing, reading, movies, concerts, dancing, karaoke, kayaking, playing cards and hanging out with my family and friends. I also enjoy Meet-the-Author and Book-Signing Events where I can talk about my passion – helping people to avoid becoming the victim of a scammer.
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