Ms. Spero grew up just outside of Chicago, Illinois (for real, not in like, Bolingbrook) and has called Connecticut home for the last twenty years. Her travel bug has taken her throughout New England and parts of the west coast, though it has been far too many years since she lived abroad and traveled western Europe. She has experience teaching English and Communications at both the high school and college level. She is also a Connecticut Writing Project - Fairfield fellow and has participated in numerous workshops across New England with a focus on writing to learn what we know and think. Ms. Spero earned her B.A. in English from Loyola University Chicago with a concentration in Creative Writing, an M.A. in English Education from New York University, and her 092 Certificate in Educational Leadership from Sacred Heart University. She writes mostly nonfiction and narrative non-fiction, but has been known to dabble in poetry and flash fiction. Thanks to the success of her CWP-Fairfield cohort, she was one of several recipients of an LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant who presented their work at the National Writing Project and NCTE Conferences in 2016. Following this work, she was a contributing author to the academic textbook Young Adult Literature and the Digital World: Textual Engagement Through Visual Literacy. Ms. Spero was also a founding member of the We Rise Storytelling Collective, which continues to offer live and virtual storytelling events to the public, and she remains active in the world of live storytelling, most recently participating in the Westport Library’s production of The Vagina Monologues. Ms. Spero includes mountain biking, climbing, running, yoga, and parenting three spectacular kids in her quiver of activities, excelling at none and reveling in them all.