About Me

I have a master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. With over 2.8 million books in print, I’m the author of the award-winning Learning to Get Along social skills series, the character-building Being the Best Me series, and board book Learning About Me & You series. My newest release, Making a Difference, teaches kindness, respect, and purpose, and empowers children to make good choices, and to be their best.

A former first-grade teacher, I also taught education classes at Utah State University and supervised student teachers.

In 2008, my book Reach Out and Give won the Carol D. Reiser children’s book award. Learning Magazine named my series a finalist for the 2006 Teacher’s Choice Award. In 2005, Booklist named the Learning to Get Along books ‘Top 5 Character Education Series’. Several of the books are translated into Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, Slovak, Indonesian, Greek, Vietnamese, Pakistani, Spanish, Urdu, and Chinese.

I was born in Logan, Utah and live in Maryland with my husband, David. We have six children and twelve grandchildren. I studied Humanities in London and at Stockholm University, graduating as a ‘University Scholar’ with High Honors in Elementary Education from Brigham Young University, and with a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Gifted Education from Utah State University.