Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom

Learning for Life:

Educational Words of Wisdom

By Teri Ann Berg Olsen



Teri Ann Berg Olsen is a home educator, librarian, and writer. Teri's "Not Just For Kids" column appears weekly in The Desert Advocate, her hometown newspaper. "Not Just For Kids" encourages parents and children to explore a wide variety of topics and projects together. Teri has also written for The Old Schoolhouse™ and other publications, including various homeschool association newsletters. Teri founded the Knowledge House Learning Resource Center and maintains an educational website, www.knowledgehouse.info. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons.


Name: Teri Ann Berg Olsen

Birthplace: Buffalo, NY

Current Residence: I've lived in Arizona since 1976

Education: A.A.S. Library Technology, Mesa Community College, Mesa AZ

Occupation: Wife, mother, homemaker, home educator, church librarian, newspaper columnist, book author

Husband: I've been happily married to Richard for 19 years. (Following an 8-year-long courtship!) Rich was born in Plymouth, Mass. He is a chemist/quality engineer.

Children: Three boys: Peter (b. 1990), Jonathan (b. 1995), Joshua (b. 2000)

Pets: the wild animals in our backyard wildlife habitat

Personality Type: introvert

Favorite Quote: "If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them." (Thoreau)

Personal Motto: "When I get a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left I buy food and clothes." (Erasmus)

Favorite Bible Verse: "If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…nothing shall be impossible unto you." (Matthew 17:20)

Hero or Role Model: Jesus

Favorite comfort food: Chocolate Chip Congo Bars

Guilty pleasure of choice: Eating Breyers Vanilla Fudge Twirl Ice Cream straight out of the carton.

Favorite Literary Genre: Children's Literature and Poetry

Favorite Authors: C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Louis Stevenson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Thomas Hardy, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Jane Austen, Emily Bronte

Favorite Books: The King James Bible, Walden, my trusty old thesaurus, and Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom

Favorite Movies: The Sound of Music, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Room with a View, The Quiet Man, The Lord of the Rings

Favorite Music: Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Celtic, Christian, Christmas Carols, Beatles

Interests: books, poetry, reading, writing, homeschooling, gardening

Hobbies: collecting rocks, shells, stamps, coins, postcards, bookmarks, snail figurines

What did you dream about doing when you were growing up? In my 4th grade journal, I wrote that I wanted to be a wife, mother, writer, reporter, secretary, librarian, teacher, and scientist. I've done all of those things except the last one - but I did marry a scientist! :)

Favorite subject: English

Worst subject: Math

Subject you learned the most about after graduating from school: History

Unfounded fear: Driving over high bridges

Terrible temptation: Chocolate

Secret satisfaction: Being alone

Chinks in Armor: I'm a perfectionist, so it often takes me a long time to get things done to my satisfaction. On the other hand, I don't have much patience when I'm waiting for someone else!

Interesting fact: My home library contains over 5,000 books.

Surprising fact: At one point in my life I was a self-educated amateur architect. My family and I are still living in the custom-built house that I designed.

Favorite place: my house; the ocean; the wilderness

Favorite vacation destination: The windswept coasts of Mendocino and Point Reyes, CA; the sandy beach along The Strand at Oceanside, CA. (I would love to visit the British Isles, New Zealand, and Cabo San Lucas but I've never been there.)

Pet peeve: Food manufacturers that put artificial colors in their products. I refuse to buy them.

Boiling point: People who attempt to re-interpret the original meaning of the Bible and the Constitution to fit their own personal bias.

Most paradoxical quality: I used to dream of being famous someday, but in real life I'm so shy that hardly anyone knows me.

What keeps me going: Counting my blessings and wishful thinking.

The hair from your last haircut... what would it say about your style? The more things change, the more it stays the same!

This website is a project of:

These pages are a continuous work in progress.
Copyright © 2000- by Teri Ann Berg Olsen
All rights reserved.

Help Support this Site
Please visit our fine sponsors
and purchase items via our
affiliate links. Thank you!

Learning for Life Book

Citizens Rule Book

Google ad content
may not necessarily
represent the views
or endorsement of


Thank you for visiting my
Famous Homeschoolers
website - Tell a Friend!