About the Author
is a fulltime classroom teacher with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University, with a special focus on the arts throughout the subject areas and the incorporation of technology into the curriculum. Steve has spent time in South Africa training teachers through a program he started called “Reach and Teach”. He also presents at bilingual conferences, new teacher conferences and regularly attends children’s literature conferences. He has also illustrated six McGraw-Hill titles. Brandy Alexander
has his Master’s in Fine Arts from CSU, Los Angeles which lends itself to creative classroom instruction and pedagogy. Brandy is a full time classroom teacher in Los Angeles and a part-time faculty member at CSULA where he teaches courses on classroom design, student teaching portfolio preparation, and serves as a master teacher for student teachers, while also presenting at new teacher conferences from year-to-year. Kimberly Persiani-Becker, Ed.D.
, is an associate professor at California State University, Los Angeles in the area of curriculum and instruction. She presents at local and international conferences for bilingual education, children’s literature, gender equity and moral and character education.