Me- age 5
Beth Ann (Bancroft) Bynum

As a child growing up on a farm in Kingsley, Michigan, I wanted to be an artist with Disney and entered the "You Can Draw" contests as advertised in magazines.  I also wanted to be a teacher.  After graduating Kingsley Area Schools, I attended Northwestern Michigan College and graduated from CMU with a B.S. in Elementary Education majoring in Social Science and a minor in Biology.

My first teaching job was with the Bureau of Indian Affairs at Teec Nos Pos, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation.  I also taught in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I was hired at Buckley Community Schools in 1976 and taught 5th grade, 5/6th grade Science, 3/4/5th grade reading and writing, art, and computers.

While in Santa Fe, I met my husband, Fred.  I have one son, Nathan, a graphic designer, who is married and lives in Ann Arbor.

I enjoy reading, gardening, working on my house, traveling, and creating art.  I am on the Board of Directors for Crooked Tree Art Center Traverse City and head the Gallery Committee.  I teach classes for many local establishments.  I also love to travel.  I have traveled completely around the world visiting, Japan, India, Greece, Europe, and many places in between.  Summer travel included trips to Stratford and Quebec City, Canada, and Paris, France. Last summer, my husband and I, took a cross-country trip with our dog to see the redwoods in California. 

When not traveling, gardening, or reading, I can be found working on my art.