Welcome to my personal web site. Connie’s Bunny Garden is an avenue of communication and expression for me to share thoughts, insights, information, updates and changes; for colleagues, my students, and my friends. The web design work is being done by my son Michael Gibson, who creates web pages for individuals and companies. (And does a GREAT job at it. Thank you Michael!) All of the creative drawings and pictures have been colorized by Michael as well, and drawn by one of my tremendously talented "adopted" sons, Pastor Scott Heine. Kitty Roach animated some of these images and added her own.
From 1978 until 2000 I used my professional expertise and skills as a Mortgage Broker/Banker in the state of California. I taught Real Estate Finance courses at the college level for over 13 years, when they were offered, and Department of Real Estate approved courses on various finance and "A" paper packaging classes, Qualifying Home Buyers, etc. for many years also. I was on the Real Estate advisory boards of 3 colleges for a number of years, and at one point I was a Director of the East Bay California Association of Mortgage Brokers - CAMB.
On February 25, 2000, my life was turned upside down when God called me to leave my home, my family, and my jobs as a Mortgage Broker and a teacher, to go and serve the people of China. By the end of August 2000 I had arrived in Nanchang, Jiangxi, China to teach at Jiangxi Normal University. It’s hard to be SO far away from home, Fremont, California. I miss everyone so much , but thanks to today's technology and speed available through the net, I am able to video conference with my family back home programs such as Skype and iChat and special cameras made for this purpose. Still I cannot be online all the time and I have many friends and family members, so having this website can allow many people to browse my site and I don’t even have to spend time on the phone or computer personally. How marvelous technology is today! It has forever affected our lives.
I love to teach and speak. I work hard at trying to teach my students not only English Writing and Speech, but also how to live as well. Teaching and speaking are my favorite forms of growth, self-expression and personal entertainment. I can add writing to that as well.
As a result of my student's great success, I was asked by Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) in Beijing to write a book about how I train my speech students to successfully compete in speech contests across China . The title of my book is, “ A Guide to English Public Speaking Training.” This book has been written with both Chinese and foreign teachers in China in mind. Hopefully it will give ideas and suggestions to those who share in this type of training. It can also be used by students desiring to improve and learn more about competing in speech contests in China.
Work is still work as much as I love it. The true love of my life, other than my Lord, is my family, extended family, and my friends. That’s why I have included a section for my writings, and a section called Close to Home, which allows me to share my deepest feelings as well as insights into the Special people in my life. Please enjoy all that you read.
Thank you for visiting my site! Connie