John Beaver was born and educated in the UK, but now lives in Canada. He has taught French at the secondary and post-secondary levels. Since his retirement from Hillfield-Strathallan College, Hamilton in Canada, where he was Director of Arts, he has published You Mean I Have to Know This?, a series of notes and exercises in French grammar, You Mean I Have to Do This? series of supplementary exercises and, with Jean Beaver, Mamie and Papi's Basic French Grammar.
John Foster taught for over 20 years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the countryʼs most prolific anthologist of childrenʼs poetry having compiled over 150 anthologies. He has also written 12 books of his own poetry for children.
Johnny was a founding member of the Centre for Mathematics Education at the Open University. He has lectured in universities and taught in schools. His current focus us on the role of technology in maths teaching. He also runs accelerated learning programs for gifted students that use technology for maths in exciting ways. He is coeditor of the spreadsheet journal “Spreadsheets in Education” and runs an on-line maths competition of talented maths students.
Ann and Johnny Baker live in the Gold Coast Hinterland with their two sons and a small menagerie of pets and delight in the local flora and fauna that share their home and garden.
Judy Arden (formerly Judith Thornby) is an experienced former primary teacher and specialist in learning support. She has taught pupils with a range of abilities over 25 years, gaining a diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties in 1999. Being enthusiastic about promoting literacy skills, she has written 'Boost Spelling Skills' for KS1 and older pupils who struggle with spelling. She is also the author of 'Boost Creative Writing', a three-book series also published by Brilliant Publications.
Julie Hodgson lives in Lingwood, Norfolk, having recently moved there from Luton, Bedfordshire with her husband and their two Labrador dogs.
She began her career studying fine art and then took teacher training. She worked within the early years sector as a nursery school teacher and then deputy head teacher before taking early retirement in 2001.
Her current projects include story telling in local schools, private commissions, line illustrations for the educational market and writing and illustrating storybooks of her own. As well as writing and illustrating one book for Brilliant Publications, she has also illustrated two others.
She is never happier than when she has a pencil or paintbrush to hand!
Karen Traynor, founded Tralco-Lingo Fun in 1982. As a second-language teacher she saw the need for the creation of second-language materials that supported textbooks. Since 1988 Tralco has been publishing supplementary materials. Most Tralco materials are French; however, Spanish, ESL, and Italian are also available. The product line includes reproducible activity books, videos, games, incentives, software, readers and online books. They hope these materials help teachers motivate second-language students to understand, communicate and appreciate each other's cultures.
Karen Moncrieffe is an experienced primary school teacher and a former literacy co-ordinator. She currently teaches in Birmingham. Karen has produced a variety of resources for teachers to use to develop their pupils’ reading and writing skills. She loves both writing and teaching, and is passionate about helping pupils to develop a love of literacy. Visit her website www.primarytexts.co.uk