And dating older
One of her students and team teachers was the man who later became her husband and the father of her children.
However, neither of them saw it coming for a long time.
"They were much more comfortable with their own sexuality," she says.
"And they seemed to love a smart woman who understood sports and classical music." A trend on the upswing Stanton was apparently on the leading edge of what experts say is a new trend: older women dating younger men.
Besides, she was divorced with a young daughter to raise, and a new relationship, let alone a traditional marriage, was not on her radar screen. "Nobody else is quite as engaging to me as Chris," Woolston says today.
Research on dating habits of these 40-plus singles is sparse, but according to an AARP survey of 3,500 older singles, 34 percent of women in the 40-to-69 age group date younger men.
And 14 percent of women age 50 to 59 say they prefer dating men in their 40s or younger.
Nonetheless, more than one in 10 of these relationships leads to marriage: The most recent Census Bureau figures show that about 12 percent of all marriages are between older women and younger men.
Women dating younger men said they appreciated the strength, humor, openness, youth, and passion of their partners. Stanton believes that although some of the attraction may be predicated on the mystique of the older woman, her appeal to younger men was based not just on chemistry but on "the luxury of having a finished person.
Stanton recalls a relationship with one young man she still calls the love of her life.