Author, Teacher, Speaker
Stephanie is at heart a teacher who loves to write. With 25 years of experience in both public and private education she enjoys sharing her expertise with teachers and students across the country.
Stephanie has first-hand knowledge of how to improve students' writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum and the Common Core Standards. Besides school visits and writer-in-residence programs, Stephanie also provides writing workshops for teachers' professional development conferences and in-service education.
As a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Stephanie has organized numerous conferences, workshops, and retreats. She has served the SCBWI as both Regional Advisor and Assistant Regional Advisor. She is also a full member of the Missouri Writers Guild and American Christian Fiction Writers.
Stephanie grew up on a farm in Kansas where she spent lots of time riding horses, wading in creeks, and hunting for fossils and arrowheads. She received her B.S. from Kansas State University and her Master's Degree in Education and Counseling from University of Missouri, St. Louis. Stephanie has worked in the education field for 25 years and has been a science teacher, elementary classroom teacher, and school counselor. She holds certifications in regular elementary education, learning disabled, educable mentally handicapped, and counseling K-8.
Today Stephanie is a full time writer and speaker. She loves visiting schools and speaking at professional education conferences. She and her husband Darrell live in historic St. Charles, Missouri in a home that was built before the Civil War. She still loves hunting for fossils, wading in creeks, and playing outdoors in the sunshine.
I love stories! I love reading them, writing them, and telling them I was always the kid who tried to hide my library book inside my math book so I wouldn't have to stop reading. My teachers didn't really appreciate my devotion to books so I actually got in trouble for reading too much.
Plus it didn't really help my math grades.
I decided to write my first book when I was ten years-old. I had just finished reading a novel and I didn't like the ending so I wrote a sequel and gave it a much better ending. I've been writing ever since.
Most of my favorite stories are true so I write a lot of non-fiction books, but I also like a good mystery. When I'm not writing or visiting schools, I like to ride my bicycle, collect rocks, make fun crafts, and go on adventures with my husband, Darrell. I have four grown children, one spoiled teacup Yorkie, and a house that was built before the Civil War. You can read some of my stories on my blog - firstname.lastname@example.org