Mary Atkinson has over twenty-five years of experience in education as a teacher, curriculum consultant, and writer. She has worked both as an elementary Spanish bilingual teacher and a Spanish language teacher for grades K-12. She cowrote the Massachusetts World Languages Curriculum Framework and wrote the Texas Framework for Languages Other Than English. As a consultant to Center for Collaborative Education, Ms. Atkinson was lead author of several Turning Points Guides as well as the Small Schools Planning Guide. Her poetry and fiction for children has appeared in several books and magazines. Ms. Atkinson holds a MEd from Lesley University.