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From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teacher Tales

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Angela N. Abbott is a fifth grade teacher who earned her Master’s degree from Pittsburg State University; she speaks professionally for Abbott Learning (, and was named Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year. More than anything, she enjoys spending time with her family. Angela can be contacted at [email protected].

Sandra Picklesimer Aldrich, president and CEO of Bold Words, Inc. in Colorado Springs, is a popular speaker who wraps insight, humor and encouragement around life’s serious issues. She is the author or co-author of eighteen books and contributor to two dozen more. Contact her at [email protected].

Sarah Baird (Arizona STOY) received her BA in 1999 and her MA in 2002 from Northern Arizona University. She is a National Board Certified Teacher and was awarded an honorary doctorate in 2009 from Northern Arizona University. She taught 1st grade in Phoenix for six years and currently works as a K-5 Math Coach.

Steve Barr lives in the mountains of North Carolina. His cartoons appear in a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, and he is also the author and illustrator of the 1-2-3 Draw series of art instruction books for children. In his spare time, he likes to draw and collect minerals.

Amy Benoit graduated from Worcester State College in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She was chosen Worcester Telegram’s 2001 Teacher of the Year. Amy enjoys teaching third grade, writing stories for children, vacationing on Cape Cod and spending time with her husband and family.

After graduating from Williams College in 1973, “Bing” Bingham worked in the music and television industries, eventually turning to writing full-time. His credits include TV specials for A&E and the screenplay for the Emmy-nominated film, Faith of My Fathers. He teaches at a private school in Kent, Connecticut.

Jan Bono taught public school for thirty years on the Long Beach peninsula in the southwest corner of Washington State. She now works as a life coach, writing coach, writing workshop instructor, Law of Attraction presenter and freelance writer. Check out her blog at:

Richards and Suzanne Boyce have been blessed to work with amazing students, faculty, and beginning teachers throughout Missouri. They enjoy traveling to visit family—especially their two adult children. Please contact them via e-mail at [email protected].

Ilah Breen delights in teaching fourth grade in warm and sunny Florida. After spending many years in the cool, foggy lands of Humboldt County, California, she celebrates life by spending time with her family, playing with grandchildren, writing, gardening, and painting.

Kenan Bresnan is a professional salesman with four grown children who enjoys writing stories. Originally his stories were inspired by his children growing up, but then they did and moved away. Often Kenan’s inspirations come from his wife, but daily life always seems to present new ideas and concepts.

Jean Brody has a BS in Journalism and Education plus she has done graduate work in Animal Behavior. She has fifteen published Chicken Soup for the Soul stories. Jean has written a weekly newspaper column for twenty years plus a magazine column monthly for eighteen years. She lives with her husband Gene and their animal friends.

Sally J. Broughton (Montana STOY) has a Bachelor of Science, with highest honors, from the University of Illinois and Masters of Education from Montana State University. She received the American Civic Education Teacher Award 2008. She teaches language arts and social studies in a rural middle school.

Cheryl Y. Brundage earned a BA (creative writing) from Oberlin College and a Master’s (Spanish) from the University of Houston. She taught English in Spain from 1991-1998 and currently teaches Spanish in Houston, TX. She has published essays in the Houston Chronicle and fiction in Spanish in The Barcelona Review.

Luajean N. Bryan (Tennessee STOY) was also USA Today’s All-USA Teacher 2006. She teaches Calculus and Pre Calculus, using project-based learning to make math real, from hot air balloon flights to overnight cavern expeditions. She co-authored the 2011 edition of Glencoe Pre Calculus. E-mail her at [email protected].

Brooke M. Businsky received her Bachelor of Arts in English, with honors, and a Master of Education from Towson University. She taught high school English and Journalism for six years.

Cindy Couchman (Kansas STOY) is a National Board Certified instructor in her nineteenth year of teaching high school mathematics in Kansas. She received her BS in Education and Masters of Science in Administration from Kansas State University. Cindy loves to golf, is a Cub Scout leader, runs triathlons, and serves on the church Education Committee.

Bebi Davis (Hawaii STOY) received her Bachelor and Master of Education from the University of Hawaii and is pursuing a PhD. She is a physics and chemistry teacher, a math and biology college instructor, and 2005 Milken National Educator. Bebi loves to help students and hang out with her husband Harry.

Amanda Dodson is a wife and mother to three. She home schools and is a contributing writer to her local newspaper, The Stokes News, in Walnut Cove, NC. She has also contributed to other Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Stephanie Doyle (Virginia STOY) received her BA, with honors, from Roanoke College in 1999. She teaches sixth grade U.S. history and reading in Roanoke, VA. She is the founder and director of Girls Rising Onto Womanhood, a non-profit mentoring organization for girls in grades 7-12. Stephanie enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and mentoring. E-mail her at [email protected].

Beth Ekre (North Dakota STOY) teaches 6th graders in Fargo, ND. Beth enjoys photography, family time at their Minnesota cabin, coaching track, and participating in service-learning projects with her students. She can be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Susan Elliott (Colorado STOY) is an award-winning teacher of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She also is a National Board Certified Teacher. As a scholar-practitioner, Susan is currently working toward her Ph.D. in Education with Walden University. E-mail her at [email protected].

Malinda Dunlap Fillingim loved teaching at Haliwa-Saponi Tribal School in NC and wishes she had never left. A Rome, GA resident, she works as a hospice chaplain but longs to return to the classroom. She and her husband sing and tell stories to whomever will listen. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Deb Fogg (New Hampshire STOY) has spent the last ten years teaching seventh grade Language Arts in New Hampshire. She loves spending time with her family: Steve, Sara, John, Becca, Mike, and a Golden Retriever, Willy. She enjoys writing, cooking and listening to the loons on Maidstone Lake. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Edney L. Freeman (Virgin Islands STOY) received his BA from City College of New York in 1977 and his MST from Rochester Institute of Technology-School for American Crafts in 1995. He teaches high school ceramics, sculpture, and calligraphy in St Thomas, VI. He enjoys traveling, languages (Spanish and Arabic), creating his unique sculptural ceramics works, swimming and martial arts.

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh (Utah STOY) received her BA, with honors, and an MA from National University. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher. Sharon has taught for thirty-one years and currently teaches second grade. She enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and dogs!

Julie Mellott George graduated magna cum laude from Penn State Altoona with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She works as an assistant director of marketing for college admission in Boston. Julie enjoys reading, writing and traveling with her new husband.

Karen Gill (Kentucky STOY) teaches physics at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky. Her husband, Scot Gill, also an award-winning teacher, teaches physics at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. They enjoy traveling and kayaking and are expecting their first child in January 2010.

Christine Gleason (Texas STOY) received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees from the University of Texas at El Paso. She teaches English 4, Advanced Placement English 4 and Dual Credit at Fabens High School in Fabens, Texas. She has a wonderful husband and a four-year-old son who inspire her tremendously.

Murali Gopal (American Samoa STOY) was born and raised in India and now lives with his family in American Samoa, where he teaches at Leone High School. Murali likes working with students to engage in science research works inside and outside the classroom, reading, travelling, and spending time with family and friends. E-mail him at [email protected].

Dorothy Goff Goulet (Dept of Defense Education Activity STOY), an Air Force spouse, lives in Germany where she teaches French and Social Studies at Ramstein High School at the U.S. Air Base. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. She enjoys travel, cooking, and art projects. She is a native of Ruston, Louisiana. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Tommie Ann Grinnell received her Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University. She spent thirty years in education as an elementary teacher and librarian. Tommie is now retired and pursuing a career as a writer. She lives in Tyler, Texas.

Jennifer A. Haberling (Michigan STOY) has been blessed to teach high schoolers and middle schoolers in English classes for the last sixteen years. Jen lives with her husband Tim, her son Devin, and her daughter Ali. She enjoys camping, cooking, creating and reading.

Jenna Hallman (South Carolina STOY) received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of SC and her Master’s from Clemson University. She taught second grade at Calhoun Academy of the Arts. Jenna has a wonderful husband and two fantastic sons.

Patrick Hardin is a cartoonist with degrees in Philosophy and Psychology. He currently enjoys the halcyon settings of his home town—Flint, Michigan. He may be contacted via e-mail at [email protected].

Tania Harman (Indiana STOY) received her BA from Bethel College, Mishawaka, IN, in 1985, an MS from Indiana University in 1996, and is currently pursuing an EdD in Educational Leadership from Walden University. She has been teaching for twenty-two years in South Bend Community School Corporation where she is employed as a New Language Teacher.

Linda Heffner (Iowa STOY) completed undergraduate studies at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, IA. She received her Masters in Administration from Wayne State College. Linda began teaching in 1984 at Everett Elementary School in Sioux City, IA. She still teaches at Everett today. Linda enjoys hiking, athletics, and time with family.

Chantelle Herchenhahn (Mississippi STOY), NBCT in Adolescent Science, has taught Chemistry, Physics and Biology at Forest High School for twenty years. A native Mississippian, she holds a BS degree from Tarleton State University and an MS from University of Southern Mississippi. She has one adopted son, DeVardrick Carter.

Roy Hudson (Alabama STOY) is the Director of Theatre for the acclaimed Shades Valley Theatre Academy in Birmingham, Alabama. His plays have been produced all over the world including Off-Broadway and in Edinburgh, Scotland. He credits his wife, Alane, for giving him the courage to teach. His e-mail is [email protected].

MaryLu Hutchins (West Virginia STOY) carries on a family tradition of excellence in public education. Her grandfather, grandmother, and mother experienced distinguished teaching careers. As a family, they accrued 125 years of combined educational service. Hutchins, a first grade teacher and Phi Delta Kappa honoree, is a doctoral candidate at West Virginia University.

After teaching for nineteen years, Robbie Iobst put her chalk away to become a full-time writer/speaker. She lives in Centennial, Colorado with her husband John, son Noah and dog Scooby. E-mail Robbie at [email protected] or check out her blog at

Steve Johnson (Nevada STOY) was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in 1986, and a Masters of Science in 1998. Steve teaches chemistry at Churchill County High School in Fallon, NV. He has received the Presidential Award of Excellence in Science Teaching and National Board Certification in 2003. Steve likes hiking, musical theater, art, and target shooting.

Susan Johnson (Washington STOY) teaches high school English Language Arts in the Cascade Mountains. She is also a Co-Director of the Central Washington Writing Project. Her love of language and literacy drives her teaching as well as her writing.

Ronald W. Kaiser, Jr. received his Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of New Hampshire. He lives and teaches English in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region. Writing stories is his second passion, next to his radiant wife. And then of course there are his two terriers.

Alex Kajitani (California STOY) is known around the country as “The Rappin’ Mathematician.” He also speaks nationally about “Making Math Cool!” Visit to check out his music and videos!

Paul Karrer has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle, Christian Science Monitor, and reads his stories regularly on NPR affiliate radio station KUSP in Santa Cruz, California. He teaches in central California. To contact him look at his writer’s website:

Alice L. King (Wyoming STOY) has a degree in Speech Communication and Secondary Education from Augustana College, and a Master’s from Lesley University with a focus on Integrating the Arts. She teaches high school seniors, and coaches the speech and debate team. Alice spends time traveling with her family and reading a great book. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Paul Kuhlman (South Dakota STOY) received his BS degree in Biology Education from North Dakota State University in 1988. He also holds Master Degrees in Secondary Administration and Natural Science, both from the University of South Dakota. Please contact him via e-mail at [email protected].

Sharilynn La May received her BA in English at SUNY in Albany. Retired now, she lives in Florida and writes in several genres. One of her plays recently won second place in the Writer’s Digest competition. She plans now to publish poems on teen angst, based on her observations while teaching.

NBCT Jean (Brophy) Lamar (Florida STOY) received her B.A.E. and M.Ed from the University of North Florida and is past-president of the Florida Council of Teachers of English. She is teaching high school English and reading while working on her doctorate. E-mail her at [email protected].

Michael Lampert (Oregon STOY) teaches physics with gifted colleagues at West Salem High in Oregon. He loves art and finds every excuse to place it into the science curriculum. His students constantly amaze him with their joy for learning. He proudly displays their work and photographs, also including those of his three children. E-mail him at [email protected].

Diana Leddy (Vermont STOY) earned her MEd in 1999 from Antioch New England Graduate School. Diana has been active in promoting literacy throughout Vermont. She has coauthored several books for teachers, most recently Writing for Understanding. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Janeen Lewis is a freelance writer living in Kentucky with her husband and son. Before her son Andrew was born, she loved learning from her students as a teacher. Lewis has previously been published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Power Moms and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Count Your Blessings.

Anna M. Lowther is pursuing writing full-time. She has been published in several paperback fiction anthologies and magazines. She is currently working on a historical fiction novel for tweens and two adult fantasies. She still works with children as a Venture Crew Leader and church music volunteer.

Patricia L. Marini received her Bachelor and Masters of Science, and Sixth Year Professional Diploma in education from Southern Connecticut State University. She teaches in Bridgeport, Connecticut, where she grew up. She believes before you can teach a child, you have to know him. She resides in Connecticut with her husband.

Sara Matson taught in a variety of environments for seven years. After that, she happily retired from teaching to stay home with her daughters and pursue a writing career. She lives with her family in Minnesota.

Leanne Maule-Sims (Georgia STOY), now an educator in North Georgia, earned her Bachelor’s degree in English Education from Eastern Michigan University. Her Master’s degree is in Technology and her Specialist Degree, from Nova Southeastern University, is in Brain-based Learning. She plans to write books on the art and science of motivating students.

Dan McCarthy (Nebraska STOY) received his BA (1975) and MS in Education (1983) from Kearney State College. He has devoted his thirty-five-year career to teaching mechanical and architectural drafting at Hastings Senior High School. He met his wife during their first year of teaching and they have three grown children. E-mail Dan at [email protected].

Lisa McCaskill has been teaching for thirteen years. Each year is a fresh start, and there are always new challenges. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, and whenever there’s a free moment, she writes stories of faith, hope, and love. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Vickie Mike (New York STOY) received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Brockport State College, her Master of Education from the University of Buffalo, and her Doctor of Education degree from Binghamton University. She teaches Spanish in Horseheads, New York. Vickie enjoys public speaking, art, travel, and golf. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Celeste M. Miller, a New York City public school teacher, is a Learning Specialist at the Professional Performing Arts School in Manhattan. Following a corporate career, she became a New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching art to students with special needs and earning a Master’s degree in Education before joining the staff of PPAS. E-mail her at [email protected].

Diane M Miller received her Bachelor of General Studies from Indiana University in 1995. She works part-time. Diane enjoys quilting, gaming, traveling and playing with her dogs. She is currently working on a mystery for adults and an adventure book for children. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Kate Lynn Mishara received her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008. She is currently working toward her teaching license, and looks forward to becoming an elementary school teacher in upcoming months. Kate loves to travel, ski, and spend time with family and friends.

Martha Moore has taught English and Creative Writing in Texas high schools for most of her life. She is an award-winning author of three Young Adult and Middle Grade novels: Under the Mermaid Angel, Angels on the Roof, and Matchit. She enjoys inspiring others to tell their own stories.

Amy (Grether) Morrison spent six years teaching Middle School Language Arts in South-Central Los Angeles. Working now as a freelance writer, Amy lives with her husband, Jamie, and their three future middle-schoolers in Spokane, Washington. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Anthony J. Mullen (Connecticut STOY, National TOY) received his BA, with honors, from Long Island University, C.W. Post College, and a Master of Education, with distinction, from Mercy College. Anthony teaches at the ARCH School, an alternative high school in Connecticut. Please e-mail him at [email protected].

Jeanne Muzi (New Jersey STOY) loves teaching first grade at Ben Franklin School in Lawrenceville, NJ. Jeanne enjoys drawing and reading. She wrote and illustrated a children’s book called Sam’s Skates. She lives in Lawrenceville with her husband and two sons.

Lori Neurohr (Wisconsin STOY) received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. She received her Masters of reading and language arts from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Lori enjoys reading, traveling, golfing and working with children. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Gloria L. Noyes (Maine STOY) is a fifth grade teacher in Southern Maine. In the classroom her passion is literacy instruction, teaching citizenship and making her students feel safe, valued, and precious. She is a lifelong learner and is currently working on her doctorate. Please contact her via e-mail at [email protected] or

Derek Olson (Minnesota STOY) lives and teaches 6th grade in Stillwater, MN. He received his BA from St. Olaf College and his MA from the University of St. Thomas. Derek also enjoys, fishing, hunting, camping, and hanging out with his wonderful wife and children. You can e-mail him at [email protected].

Mark Parisi’s “off the mark” comic, syndicated since 1987, is distributed by United Media. Mark’s humor also graces greeting cards, T-shirts, calendars, magazines, newsletters and books. Check out: Lynn is his wife/business partner. Their daughter Jen contributes with inspiration (as do three cats and one dog).

James Edward Phillips (Northern Mariana Islands STOY) teaches at Marianas High School on the Pacific island of Saipan. He holds a Master of Science degree, is a PADI scuba diving instructor, and a CPR/First-Aid instructor trainer.

Stephanie Piro lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three cats. She is one of King Features’ “Six Chix” (appearing Saturdays). Her single panel, “Fair Game,” appears in newspapers and on She is also an illustrator, a gift designer for her company Strip T’s and a part-time librarian. Contact her via e-mail at [email protected].

Kay Conner Pliszka has received numerous school and community awards for her work with teens. Now retired, she is a frequent contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Also, as a motivational speaker, Kay shares her humorous, turbulent and inspirational experiences from teaching. She may be reached via e-mail at [email protected].

Sherry Poff teaches high school English in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She writes non-fiction and poetry. Favorite topics are family, faith, the outdoors, and—of course—teaching.

Tim Ramsey has been an educator since 1983. He currently is a school administrator at Garden Lakes School in Arizona. Writing allows him to share his love for children and teaching with others. Tim lives with his wife, daughter and seven cats in Avondale, Arizona. Please contact him via e-mail at [email protected].

Adrienne C. Reynolds was a teacher for twenty-two years and now works for Broward County Schools as a Testing Specialist. Adrienne enjoys being with her family and volunteering. One of the goals on her “bucket list” is to write a book that will inspire others for generations to come. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Cindi Rigsbee (North Carolina STOY), an English Language Arts teacher, currently serves as a Literacy Coach and Beginning Teacher District Mentor in Orange County Schools, NC. A National Board Certified Teacher, Cindi was a finalist for National Teacher of the Year. She enjoys writing poetry and blogging, and her book, Finding Mrs. Warnecke, published by Jossey-Bass, highlights her journey as a teacher.

Jayde Rossi received her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with honors, from California State University, Fullerton in 2008. She works for the Orangewood Children’s Foundation, an organization that focuses on the ongoing needs of children in the foster care system.

Gary Rubinstein has been teaching math, training new teachers, and writing about teaching since 1991. His first book, Reluctant Disciplinarian, where a shortened version of this story first appeared, was published in 1999 by Cottonwood Press, Inc. His second book, Beyond Survival, will be published in 2010. You can e-mail him at [email protected].

Marcia Rudoff is a memoir writing teacher and newspaper columnist in her hometown of Bainbridge Island, Washington. A freelance writer, her stories have appeared in anthologies, magazines and newspapers. Personal interests include quality time with family and friends, travel, baseball and chocolate.

Lisa Miller Rychel earned a BA from the University of North Florida. She teaches middle school science in Tampa. Lisa is also a silversmith, and enjoys racing her sailboat with her family. Her heart remains close to her hometown, Wadsworth, Ohio. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Michael Jordan Segal, who defied all odds after being shot in the head, is a husband, father, social worker, author (including a CD/Download of twelve stories entitled Possible) and inspirational speaker. He’s had many stories published in Chicken Soup for the Soul books. To contact Mike or to order his CD, please visit

Robin Sly (Idaho STOY) is a first grade teacher in Boise, Idaho. She received her Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degree from Boise State University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Teacher Leadership. She enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with family.

Linda A. Smerge (Illinois STOY) received her BS in Education, MS in Early Childhood Education, and JD from Northern Illinois University. Currently, she is working on an advanced degree in administration. She has taught pre-kindergarten through 12th grade and enjoys all grade levels due to the relationships she builds with her students.

Sarah Smiley is a syndicated columnist, author and military wife. Her new book, I’m Just Saying …, is a collection of columns about being a wife and mother. Learn more about Sarah at

Rebecca Snyder (Pennsylvania STOY) teaches English and serves as Senior High Language Arts Department Head at Greater Latrobe Senior High School in southwestern Pennsylvania. A 1996 graduate of Saint Vincent College, she believes that a teacher’s best tools are creativity, passion, and enthusiasm.

Heather Sparks (Oklahoma STOY) received her BS and Master of Education, with honors, from Oklahoma City University in 1995. She teaches sixth and eighth graders at Taft Middle School in Oklahoma City. Heather is the 2008 recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching. Visit her website:

Diane Stark is a teacher, a wife and mother of five, and a writer. She loves to write about the important things in life: her family and her faith. Her first book, Teacher’s Devotions to Go, was released last fall. She can be reached at [email protected].

Nancy Hamilton Sturm has taught high school English in Wichita, KS for twenty-one years. She also helps facilitate the South Central Kansas Writing Project at Wichita State University. Nancy has published several devotional articles and is currently writing a book of scriptural meditations. Please contact Nancy at [email protected] com.

Mark D. Teesdale (Delaware STOY), a graduate of West Chester University and Wilmington University, teaches 4th and 5th grade general music and chorus at Lake Forest Central Elementary School in Felton, DE. Mark also is a Yale Distinguished Music Educator. Please contact him at [email protected].

Quyen Thai moved to the United States from Australia in February 2008. Quyen teaches elementary school in Washington. She enjoys reading, being outdoors, seeing friends and traveling. She plans to write young adult and middle grade novels. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Will Thomas (Maryland STOY) received his BA in Social Studies-Education from the State University of New York at Albany and his Master’s from Bowie State University. Will teaches AP Government in Prince George’s County, MD. He coaches the Mock Trial Team and sponsors the Stock Market/Investment Club at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School.

Deborah Hohn Tonguis (Louisiana STOY) has a BA from Nicholls State University and a Master’s in Student Development from Azusa Pacific University. She teaches Social Studies at Mandeville High in Southern Louisiana and enjoys family, LSU baseball, Saints football and painting. She plans to teach undergraduate education students. E-mail: [email protected].

Adrienne Townsend received her BA in Secondary Social Studies and Master of Education in Secondary from Texas Christian University in 2007. She teaches high school U.S. History and World Geography in Texas. Adrienne enjoys traveling abroad, reading, and spending time with her family. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Blythe Turner (New Mexico STOY) received her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education at Eastern New Mexico University. She is a second grade bilingual teacher and is currently a doctoral student in the Language, Literacy and Socio-Cultural Studies department at the University of New Mexico.

Susan Waggener (Arkansas STOY) received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Memphis, 1979, summa cum laude, and her Bachelor of Arts in Education and Mathematics from Arkansas State University, 1980. She currently teaches geometry at West Memphis Senior High School.

Barbara Walton-Faria (Rhode Island STOY) teaches science at Thompson Middle School in Newport, RI. She has a BS in Natural Resources and an MS in Secondary Education from the University of Rhode Island. When not teaching she can be found out on the water kayaking, snorkeling, or photographing wildlife.

George A. Watson (Massachusetts STOY) received his BA in Spanish from Boston University and his MA in Spanish from Middlebury College. He teaches Spanish and is Department Head of Foreign Languages at Walpole High School in Massachusetts. George enjoys traveling, photography, bicycling and cooking. He and his wife Janet have two sons.

Rick Weber has a BA in Journalism from Penn State. He has won the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism, been honored twice by the AP Sports Editors and contributed to Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Golf Book. His first book, Pink Lips and Fingertips, was released in 2009. E-mail him at [email protected].

Deborah Wickerham (Ohio STOY) has been a teacher for thirty-three years. She graduated from Bowling Green State University and the University of Findlay. Teaching is not a job, but a love. Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller’s teacher, taught Deb dedication and caring for children. Deb loves history, science, reading and traveling. E-mail her at [email protected].

Bob Williams (Alaska STOY) believes that being a teacher is the best job in the world. He holds degrees in Petroleum Engineering, Mathematics Education, and Educational Leadership. He is an independent speaker, educational trainer, and secondary math teacher. He can be contacted at [email protected].

Margaret Williams (Missouri STOY) (BS, MAT), a recently retired thirty-eight-year teacher, worked in two St. Louis public high schools and University City High School. She continues to coach the award-winning U-City Mock Trial Teams and is active with West Side MB Church, Delta Sigma Theta, and her grandchildren. Contact her at [email protected].

Stephanie Scharaga Winnick is a retired elementary school teacher from Long Island, New York. Her love of children motivates her to continue in the field as a substitute teacher. Her passion for reading is evident in book discussion groups. Please e-mail her at [email protected].

Kimberly Worthy (District of Columbia STOY) is an advocate for educational excellence in urban schools, and has served as a middle school social studies and language arts teacher and a curriculum developer. She uses cultural foundations of teaching and a cross-curricular approach. E-mail her at [email protected] or visit

D. B. Zane has a multiple-subject credential as well as a single-subject credential in social studies. She currently works for the Middle School Parliamentary Debate Program. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and writing.

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