Janice De Ruiter, M..F.A: My degree in creative writing and literature is from Mills College in Oakland, California. I was a poet-teacher with California Poets in the Schools from 1991 to 2004. Each poet with California Poets in the Schools must be published and trained. This organization has strict criteria that must be observed for the poet working under their umbrella. It was my joy to push reluctant writers into sharing their worlds through poetry.
Helen Shoemaker, Ph.D. My educational background and training has been in the areas of interdisciplinary Human Development, Clinical Counseling and Human Science. All of this helps to inform my passion for understanding the direct experiences of children so that together we might re-story their worlds in new and more life enhancing ways. I am certain of the role creative expression can play in emotional healing, emotional and cognitive growth and the development of consciousness, in general.