Thomas M. Fleming, PhD, taught health education for 13 years at the University of Montevallo in Montevallo, Alabama, and Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He worked at the Texas Education Agency for 12 years, serving as the director of health and physical education for 9 of those years. During that time he directed the health and PE writing teams and established the HPE Center for Educator Development with statewide workshops. He has conducted numerous health and physical education workshops for teachers, and in doing so he became interested in character development and developmental assets, which is a primary focus of this book.
Dr. Fleming earned a BS and MS in health and physical education at Stephen F. Austin University and earned his PhD in health education at Texas A&M. He played professional baseball in the New York Yankees' minor league system from 1961 to 1964 and currently enjoys hiking, fishing, and kayaking in his leisure time.
Lisa Bunting, MS, has been an elementary physical education teacher and coach for 28 years. She has honed her ability to manage large numbers of students by using a variety of techniques and creative activities, the best of which come to the fore in this book. Ms. Bunting has received several awards, including Texas AHPERD Teacher of the Year. She has presented at Texas Education Agency workshops and has served as a member of the physical education committee, as a curriculum writer, and as district physical education trainer, Designing for Learning: Structures and Strategies for the Katy (Texas) Independent School District. She was named as her school's 2006 Teacher of the Year.
Ms. Bunting, who earned her BS and MS in health and physical education from the University of Houston, is a CATCH (Coordinated Approach to Child Health) trainer and was named a CATCH Champion for her coordinated school health efforts in 2005. She was named her school's teacher of the year for 2006. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, going to the beach, and cooking.