|Texas born Elaine
Ernst Schneider has
writing since she was a teenager and has published articles, songs, and
children's work. A graduate of the University of Texas in Austin,
entered the classroom as a special education teacher in the 1970's.
the years, she has taught mainstream English, music K-12, deaf
psychology, Algebra, creative writing, social studies, psychology, law,
and science in both public and private schools. In the 1990's, Elaine
an adaptive education program and implemented a student teacher program
in a cooperative effort with the University of West Florida. In the
agreement, Elaine received masters level course enrollment in exchange
for training teachers in her classroom. She opted to take the masters
courses in the area of learning disabilities. Through the West Florida
program and the actual classroom demands of her adaptive education
Elaine learned to create curriculum that met the students' needs.
Reading levels and test scores improved and Elaine knew she was
curriculum that was "user friendly" and student navigable. This led to
more curriculum writing. Today, Elaine writes curriculum for several
as well as freelance articles on education.
Mikola is a retired/expired Operating Room
Nurse. Her nursing career progressed through staff, Team Leader and
management positions at various hospitals in the Toronto area, but her
heart was always in the Trauma Center at Sunnybrook Health Sciences
She spent six years in a Teaching Master position at Humber College of
Applied Arts and Sciences in Toronto, Ontario, Canada relaying her love
of organized chaos and innovation to all of her Operating Room Post
students. Her article "O.R. Preceptors Promote Competence"
in the Canadian Operating Room Nursing Journal, was recognized as the
of the first national Surgikos Canada Award, 1983. Joanne has always
that the term professional is synonymous with role model; that every
of us has the potential to be a mentor to someone else; and that
should be shared, not hoarded. Her debut to the .com world has
relatively recent but already she has shown a great aptitude and the
stamina for success. She now understands much more fully why the
always hid when she approached their desks... Re-writes, new ideas and
radical proposals... Now she has to make all those changes herself!