Author Deede Stephenson is a native of Dallas Texas. She attended the Hockaday School in Dallas and Emory University in Atlanta. She holds a degree in Elementary Education from Emory and is certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI), the American Montessori Association (AMS), and St. Nicholas (England). In her 23 year teaching career, she has worked with hundreds of children and families. Also, a Montessori parent, her two sons attended First Montessori School of Atlanta from ages 2 to 8. Ms. Stephenson was a teacher at FMSA for 20 years. In 1995, CHILD magazine recognized Ms. Stephenson as one of the ten best pre-school teachers in the United States.