Because many people have inspired the
making of this book, there are too many names to include here. However, we
would like to take this opportunity to sincerely express our deepest
appreciation to all who have played a significant role in feeding our
passion for career development. Without your constant support and
may have never made it to the press.
We wish to thank Stephen Wirth, Jim Ryan, and
Maggie Kalas for providing the setting for the final chapter in
getting this book published. A chance meeting with Stephen led us to Jim,
who shared his recent experience as an author. Jim introduced us to
Maggie, and it all fell into place. Maggie has been our friend, mentor,
sounding board, and connection to the publishing world. She helped us
transform our raw material into a book that could appeal to and help many
And we would like to thank, in advance, all
the parents and educators who will use the information in this book to
make a difference in the lives of countless children.
—Susan H. Gubing and Karen McKenna
My deepest gratitude goes to my husband and to
my son whose love, patience, wisdom, and undying support are a blessing to
me every day.
Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to
have many supportive people who allowed me to implement my creative ideas.
Much thanks goes to all my supporters at the Smithtown Central School
District, namely, career education advocates, Sherrion Elmore and Richard
Collins, and Dr. Christopher Gallagher and Edward Ehmann, superintendent
of schools. Their innovative
leadership spurred me on to think in new and innovative ways.
Special thanks go to those family, friends
and colleagues—you know who you are—who would not let me forget about
my promise to write a book. Thank you for not letting me shelve this
project under any circumstances.
—Susan H. Gubing