• I taught myself to read at four, wrote my first story at six, and taught the neighborhood kids at eight. A career as a classroom teacher, school librarian, and university writing instructor allowed me to share these passions with thousands of students. I hope When Poke Woke will inspire a new generation to love words and books.


  • Reading, writing and teaching have been my lifelong passions. I’ve combined all three with the publication of my picture book, When Poke Woke, and school visits. I believe picture books should delight, teach and challenge children to think and explore further.