Daphne was a teacher for 20 years in grades 3-8 in Massachusetts, California, and Vermont. She began teaching when the whole language movement was at its height and studied with Donald Graves and Linda Rief at the University of New Hampshire for two summers. Throughout her teaching career she ran reading and writing workshops in her classroom. Daphne has led workshops in language arts and hands-on science education. She developed and wrote an after-school math/science education program for the Providence, Rhode Island schools. She was a California Mentor Teacher and a peer reviewer for The Reading Teacher. In January 2010 Daphne completed an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College. She currently divides her time between writing and small-scale organic farming.
Daphne recommends Waiting for Winter (Kane/Miller Book Publishers, 2009), written and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser. “Waiting for Winter by Sebastian Meschenmoser is for kids 5 and up. This picture book is just about perfect—funny and charming and all about furry friends on a quest. A fantastic winter read.”