About the Authors

TRACY FOSTER, Corunna Public Schools’ 2015–2016 Teacher of the Year, has more than eighteen years experience teaching elementary and middle school children. She holds multiple degrees in education from Western Michigan University and Saginaw Valley State University. Tracy’s passion is instilling confidence in her students to be the best they can be and to present constant learning opportunities for them to DREAM BIG. One of her goals is to provide memories and experiences that will allow her to be “the teacher her students and families always remember.” Tracy and her husband, Dan, are native Michiganders. They have a son, Nathan, and two daughters, Felicia and Mya. The Fosters live in Durand, Michigan, and enjoy traveling around their home state with family. Tracy can be contacted at Tracy@BensonsAdventures.com.

SHANNON COOPER-TOMA is currently the principal of an exceptional early childhood building in Corunna, Michigan. She has worked as a teacher and principal for more than sixteen years. Shannon is committed to bettering the lives of all her students. She holds multiple education degrees from Michigan State University and Saginaw Valley State University. Throughout her career, Shannon has served on numerous educational committees and has presented at the Bureau of Educational Research. Shannon and her husband, Rod, were born and raised in Michigan. When asked about living in the great state of Michigan, Shannon shared, “I am so proud to call Michigan home. We have some of the hardest working, loyal, and passionate citizens living in our state.” Shannon resides in Owosso, Michigan, with Rod and their adorable Chihuahua named Rocko. Shannon can be contacted at Shannon@BensonsAdventures.com.

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