I'm a contributing editor for the children’s animal welfare magazine Kind News after my hours as a middle school teacher. Married with two boys and a dog, my next baby is a middle grade novel inspired by the dogs of my childhood getting me through a move to the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains. I’m a member of the Whip City Wordsmiths, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the Massachusetts state council of The Humane Society of the United States.
I've written numerous articles for Humane Activist, All Animals, and Animal Sheltering Magazine and co-authored a chapter on children’s literature in The State of the Animals II, published by Humane Society Press. I've talked about children's safety around animals on "The John Walsh Show" and in Parenting Magazine. Previously, I worked in animal advocacy doing youth and teacher outreach for The Humane Society of the United States' youth division. While completing an M.S. in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine, I studied humane themes in literature and controversies surrounding wild dogs: coyotes of the west and the newer Eastern Coyote. I have a B.S. in Animal Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and an A.A. from Holyoke Community College.
It all began when my bubble-gum-pink high-tops walked into my local shelter and found a tiny hero with whiskers laying quietly in all the barking. I see her in every dog, especially the ones in trouble.