Besides being a lifelong educator, Shelly Arneson is an author and consultant. She taught Special Education for several years in Texas and New Mexico before becoming a guidance counselor in elementary and middle schools. Her last seven years in public schools were spent as a school principal. Shelly graduated with her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from University of West Florida in August of 2012. Her dissertation was entitled: Character and Competence: A Mixed Methods Study on Teacher Trust in Mid-Sized School District in Northwest Florida. Shelly and her husband, Dave, have three yellow Labs and currently live in Tucson, Arizona. Shelly is a trainer/consultant with the Danielson Group, as well as with Corwin Press. Shelly enjoys traveling and reading, in addition to writing, and learning.