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David Campos, Ph.D.

David Campos began his career in education more than thirty years ago, when he started teaching second grade.

He earned his Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin, specializing in learning disabilities and behavior disorders. His scholarship focuses on instructional design and delivery, childhood health and wellness, and LGBTQ children and adolescents.

He has written books on childhood loneli…

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Nancy Carlson

Nancy Carlson is an accomplished children’s book author and illustrator who has published more than sixty books. A lifelong Minnesotan,

Nancy graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design with a major in printmaking. She believes that life should be fun for everyone, but especially for children. This optimistic message permeates her picture books and provides a positive counterpoi…

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Jessica Solis Carpinelli

Jessica Solis Carpinelli is a homeschooler and dance educator who brings firsthand, experiential knowledge of the homeschooling world as both a traditionally schooled and homeschooled student. She developed the children's dance program at a southern California studio and has worked for more than twenty years as a professional dance educator. As an experienced homeschooling and working parent of t…

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Richard M. Cash, Ed.D.

Dr. Richard M. Cash is an award-winning author and educator who has worked in the field of education for over thirty years.

His range of experience includes teaching, curriculum coordination, and program administration. Currently, he is an internationally recognized education consultant ( His consulting work has taken him throughout the United States, as well as into …

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Claire Chang, M.A.

Claire Chang, M.A., is senior program officer for the Blue Cross Blue Shield Minnesota Foundation and is a former West Ed instructor.

She has served on the governing board and accreditation council of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and currently serves on the board of directors of MN AEYC and Hope Community Services.

Claire lives in Minnesota.

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Ty Chapman

Ty Chapman is an author and poet based in Minnesota. In addition to James Finds the Beat, he is the author of Sarah Rising, Looking for Happy, Stokes (written with John Coy), and Tartarus. Ty was a 2022 Center for Arts + Social Justice Fellow, an award used to support a speculative work in progress with social justice themes. He was also a Mirrors & Windows fellow, as well as a Mentor Series …

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Paul Christelis

Paul Christelis has worked as a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and teacher.

He is the director of School of Moments, an organization dedicated to teaching mindfulness to individuals, groups, and communities.

He lives in London, England.

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Annette M. Clayton

Annette M. Clayton writes books for children with social and emotional learning themes in the hope that they inspire open dialogue, encourage empathy, and let children know they are not alone in their feelings and experiences. She is the author of a Latinx holiday book Hooray, It's Three Kings Day! and a forthcoming chapter books series. When she's not writing, you can find her exploring the Appa…

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Gill Connell

Gill Connell is a globally recognized presenter and child development authority, specializing in the foundations of learning through movement and play. She provides developmental expertise to parents, preschools, schools, and companies such as Hasbro, Inc., based on her more than thirty years in preschool and primary education.

She is the former national director of Gymbaroo Preschool Activity Cen…

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Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D.

Myles L. Cooley, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over thirty years. He evaluates and treats children, adolescents, and adults for a variety of problems.

Dr. Cooley serves as a consultant to schools and has presented educational programs to educators, mental health professionals, physicians, and parents.

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Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper is a bullying prevention advocate and has provided workshops on the topic throughout northern California.

He has been a school board president, city youth commissioner, and member of the Sonoma County Advisory Board of Drug Programs. Scott has past experience teaching, coaching basketball, and working as a bilingual aide. He is currently a Working Group member of Child Dignity in the …

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Valerie Coulman

Award-winning author Valerie Coulman leads a creative life, working as a creative arts director,  writer, artist, editor, playwright, song writer, photographer, seamstress, teacher, and/or set designer.

Valerie and her husband, Randy, are proud parents of three amazing grown kids and grandparents to one tiny tot, and together they face dragons and sing with toads.

Born and raised on the Canadi…

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Philippe Cousteau

Philippe Cousteau has established himself as a prominent leader in the environmental movement.

An award-winning television host, producer, author, speaker, philanthropist, and social entrepreneur, Philippe is the son of Philippe Cousteau Sr. and grandson of Jacques Cousteau. His life’s mission is to empower people to recognize their ability to change the world. Philippe is a special correspo…

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Katharine Covino

Katharine Covino is a college professor who teaches teachers how to teach. She’s been a teacher for almost 20 years.

She’s interested in finding ways of helping young teachers who are just starting out. She also writes about her work asking young kids interesting and tough questions. She believes that all students should be able to see themselves reflected in the books and stories they…

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James J. Crist, Ph.D.

Dr. James J. Crist is the clinical director and a staff psychologist at the Child and Family Counseling Center (CFCC) in Woodbridge, Virginia, and a substance abuse counselor, working with addictive disorders in teens and adults. At CFCC, he provides psychological testing and individual, couples, and family psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults, specializing in children with ADHD, d…

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