The author has more than two decades' experience in elementary education: She was an elementary-school teacher for nine years, and an elementary-school counselor for two decades. She has worked in a variety of schools, from private suburban to inner-city.
Messinger holds three master's degrees: a Master of Arts in Geography and Regional Planning; A Master of Education in Geography and Human Related Studies; and a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance.
Walsh is a special-education teacher in Austin, Texas.
Walsh is an artist, musician, and computer programmer.