Deborah Valentine is a former teacher and newspaper correspondent. She has written more than 500 feature and news articles and numerous children’s stories, which she uses in her author-in-residence programs in schools. She has spoken at the Illinois State Gifted Conference, the Accent on Better Curriculum Conference, the Illinois Young Author’s Conference, the Gifted Student Institute Spring Conference, and the Annual Writing Conference at Georgia State University, among many others. She holds professional membership in the National Speaker’s Association and serves on the board of directors of the Georgia Speaker’s Association.
Honored twice as Teacher of the Year, Deborah earned a B.S. in education from North Texas State University and an M.Ed. from Troy State University. She edits a column devoted to young authors in the Atlanta news magazine Youth View. She holds memberships in the Society of Children’s Book Writers (SCBW) and the Chicago-based Children’s Reading Round Table (CRRT). The original manuscript of her first book was selected for the de Grummond Children’s Literature Research Collection at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is the author of Educational Play: Math Games and Activities for Your Child.