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Kelly Huegel Madrone

Kelly Huegel Madrone is a freelance writer, writing coach, and speaker. She has worked for the Metropolitan Washington, D.C., chapter of PFLAG, where she helped provide support and educational services for LGBTQ people and their families.

The author of two books and more than one hundred published articles, Kelly has a special passion for working with teens. She holds a degree in secondary educati…

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Mariam G. MacGregor

Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., is assistant vice chancellor for Employee Engagement and Success at TCU and a nationally recognized leadership consultant who works with schools (K–12 and higher education), nonprofit agencies, faith groups, and communities interested in developing meaningful, sustainable leadership efforts for kids, teens, and young adults.

Mariam lived in Colorado for many years,…

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Mélina Mangal

Working at the intersection of nature, literature, and culture, Mélina Mangal’s writing highlights youth whose voices are rarely heard, and the people and places that inspire them to explore their world.

She is the author of short stories and biographies for youth, including The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the Carter G. Woodson Book Award and nam…

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Bernardo Marçolla

Bernardo Marçolla is an author and illustrator who holds a doctorate and post doctorate in literature, as well as a master’s degree in psychology, and who has more than ten years of experience as a professor of psychology.

Since 2012, he has been an analyst in the Human Resources area of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics, and in 2017, he published the book Psychology…

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Anne D. Mather

Anne D. Mather has taught middle school, high school, and church school and has written other books for children and teens.

Anne and Louise B. Weldon are also the authors of the character-building books The Cat at the Door and The Cats in the Classroom.

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Mandi McArthur

Mandi McArthur, MA ED., MBA, grew up in southern California where she thrived in a traditional school setting. She obtained her MA in education and school counseling and taught at a traditional junior high school and high school. After earning her MBA, she became a homeschool parent to her three children and has been homeschooling ever since. Mandi explores traditional and homeschooling education…

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Margarett McBride, M.A.

Margarett McBride, M.A., is a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. candidate who resides in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in Texas but is proudly from Saginaw, Michigan.

Margarett has had several family members impacted by the criminal legal system and uses her work to uplift the experiences of marginalized people. During her undergraduate experience, she cofacilitated arts-based workshops for formerly inc…

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Cheryl McCarthy

Cheryl McCarthy is a former vice president of intellectual property development for Hasbro, Inc.

She is a thirty-year veteran of the world of children’s play, specializing in young children’s storytelling and entertainment. As executive producer, she managed the creative development of properties such as My Little Pony, Candy Land, Mr. Potato Head, and many other beloved children&rsquo…

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Dan McCauley

Dan McCauley is a writer and educator who grew up in New York City and is based in Los Angeles, California. Raised by little league coaches, a caring community, and his family's love, Dan pursued his passion for teaching and storytelling at NYU. After working as a teacher in the Bronx, he moved to Los Angeles, where he work with students as a learning specialist. Dan writes and teaches with the s…

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Kathleen McConnell Fad, Ph.D.

Kathleen McConnell Fad has a Ph.D. in learning disabilities and behavior disorders from The University of Texas at Austin.

Kathy was a general and special education teacher before working as a college professor and a consultant specializing in emotional and behavioral disorders. Her publications focus on practical strategies for teachers, counselors, and educational specialists.

Kathy has written…

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Thomas McIntyre, Ph.D.

Thomas McIntyre, Ph.D., is a professor of special education at Hunter College of the City University of New York.

A popular workshop presenter and keynote speaker, he hosts the award-winning website


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Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed.

Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., has her master’s degree in elementary education and gifted education. A former first-grade teacher, she has taught education classes at Utah State University and has supervised student teachers.

Cheri and her husband, David, have six children and enjoy the lively company of their grandchildren. They live in St. George, Utah.

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Jacqueline Meldrum

Jacqueline Meldrum is a food blogger who shares easy vegetarian and vegan recipes on her blog She also writes for various online and print magazines including Vegan Life magazine and BabyCentre UK.

She lives in Scotland.

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Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed.

Beth Menninga, M.A.Ed., has over three decades of experience in early childhood education, including teaching in preschool classrooms and coordinating professional development initiatives on infant/toddler caregiving, early literacy, and early math.

Beth has also coauthored articles for Young Children and Exchange magazines.

She is currently the infant toddler specialist at the Center for Inclusive…

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James Miles

Fondly known as the Fresh Professor, James Miles worked as an artist and educator in New York City for 20 years prior to moving to Seattle in 2016. Before joining the faculty of Seattle University as Assistant Professor, James served as the Chief Executive Officer of MENTOR Washington and the Executive Director of Arts Corps, prior to that. Originally from Chicago, Miles has worked internationall…

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Goldie Millar, Ph.D.

Goldie Millar, Ph.D., is a clinical and school psychologist.

Since earning her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Toronto in 2003, Goldie has worked with children in hospital, forensic, community, and educational settings. She has a deep interest in children’s mental health, emotional regulation, and evidence-based intervention strategies.

Goldie lives in Ontario with her h…

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Afsaneh Moradian

Afsaneh Moradian has loved writing stories, poetry, and plays since childhood.

After receiving her master's in education, she took her love of writing into the classroom where she began teaching children how to channel their creativity. Her passion for teaching has lasted for over fifteen years.

Afsaneh now guides students and teachers (and her young child) in the art of writing. She is also a …

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William Mulcahy

William “Bill” Mulcahy, MS, LPC, LMHC, NCC, is a licensed professional counselor, psychotherapist, author and of books and tools for teaching children to cope with the challenges of life in the 21st century.

Bill has served as a supervisor at Family Services of Waukesha, WI, as a counselor at Stillwaters Cancer Support Services, at Empathia Inc., as an employee assistance professional,…

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Malcolm Munene

Malcolm Munene is in high school; he plays soccer and Xbox and loves reading manga.

He lives in Minneapolis with his family and their cat, Orie.

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Lauren Murphey Payne

Lauren Murphy Payne, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice with 30 years of experience. She specializes in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

Lauren has been a speaker at local, regional, and national conferences. She is the author and presenter of two video series: Making Anger Work for You and …

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Lauren Murphy Payne, M.S.W., LCSW

Lauren Murphy Payne, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist in private practice with 30 years of experience. She specializes in the treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

Lauren has been a speaker at local, regional, and national conferences. She is the author and presenter of two video series: Making Anger Work for You and …

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Marie Murray

Marie Murray has lived and worked in several places around the world while pursuing studies in international politics.

She began writing children’s stories as a way to observe the world with fresh eyes and a good dose of humor. Originally from New Jersey,

Marie now lives with her family in the mountains of Lebanon, where she receives daily visits from a growing number of stray cats.

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