Posts tagged Illinois
Lauren Kramer-Theuerkauf, Children's Author, Business Owner, Professional Speaker, and Animal Advocate

Lauren Kramer-Theurekauf began writing at an early age. While in elementary school, she was the recipient of two Young Author Awards (1994, 1997). She went on to receive my Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications – Journalism from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her children’s picture book, Priceless Penny, shows children is that differently-abled animals are able to adapt and live full and satisfying lives and should not miss out on a second chance at life because they don’t look like most other animals.

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Dwight DeRamus, Author Motivational/Inspirational Speaker and Life Coach

I have first-hand knowledge and experience of how challenging living with without a father for all but six years of my life and learning to navigate through life that many take for granted is a humbling experience. I taught as an adjunct professor in the human services department for ten years in the family and child development area. The vast majority of students I have taught both on high school and college levels come from fatherlessness homes.

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Jeff Mondak, Children's Poet and Songwriter

Get ready to dance! Get ready to sing! Jeff Mondak will be joined at your school by one of his musician friends, Jordan Kaye or Sergio Wals. Their programs combine discussion of poetry and songwriting with fun, high-energy performances. Teachers, be warned—you will be dancing! 

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Tracy Schlepphorst, Children's Author

Tracy Schlepphorst, M.Ed., author and founder of Emotion Belly Books, writes children's books that help children better understand their emotions. Tracy received a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in School Counseling from the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Mary Wrobel, Author and Professional Speaker

Ms. Wrobel is a teacher and speech-language pathologist who has taught and worked with students with autism and other disabilities for more than 25 years. As a consultant, she trains both parents and teachers in communication and language approaches, behavior strategies, academic/curricular modifications, safety instruction, as well as health, hygiene, puberty, and personal safety. Her extensive knowledge of and experience with assistive technology has helped her to create a large library of resources as well as individualized materials, support strategies, and accommodations for a wide variety of students with disabilities.

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Patricia M. McClure-Chessier , Award-Winning Author, Educator, and Speaker

Patricia M. McClure-Chessier has been in the health care industry for almost 25 years. She holds a MBA, MPA, and Bachelors Degree in Psychology. McClure-Chessier is presently a Hospital Administrator at one of the largest Psychiatric Facilities in Illinois and an Adjunct Professor.

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Pam Saxelby, Children's Author

Fun Family Stories that inspire and delight!

After having taught for over 20 years as a Pre-K teacher, I have now have turned my love of good books into works of my own, that speak to issues both kids and parents can relate to. Introducing a new sibling, finding the right place in your family, wondering about all the changes that go on as a family welcomes a new child from a little one's perspective!

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