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October 2015: Middle-grade novel Forest Secrets published.

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When 11-year old Daisy befriends a lost forest creature she sets off on an adventure to save all tree people from destruction.


September 2015: Honorable Mention in L. Ron Hubbard’s “Writers of the Future” contest.

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2014: Altrusa Grant Recipient to create anti-bullying videos.

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January 9, 2013: Awarded a  Curriculum Project Grant from Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools, William J. Cirone, for a student mediation program titled, “Dolphin Detours.” Kids stop bullies, mediate arguments, and teach peace on campus.

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  • Amazon Reviews of ghost written book Dean and JoJo in December 2012.  An average 4.9 out of 5 stars.

Janine Klieber of Berlin says,  “It is really wonderful written and I very much hope that there will be more adventures of Dean and JoJo.”

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  • Impact II Instructional Strategy Team Coach Grant recipient for 2012 for leadership as a peace consultant.

Summer 2012: Published the middle grade book Artania: The Pharaohs’ Cry available on Amazon.


Spring 2012: The ghostwritten, Dean and JoJo, published in Germany. This book is the true story of one man’s lifelong friendship and advocacy for a wild dolphin named JoJo.


December 19, 2011: Hosted webinar for Teachers Without Borders titled Alternatives to Bullying and Intolerance.


Spring 2011: Ms. Woodward’s peace curriculum with anti-bullying lessons added to the Dean and JoJo Resolutions DVD.


  • Santa Barbara County Education Office Care and Share Grant recipient for 2011 for an anti-bullying campaign.

  • Panelist for San Luis Obispo Nightwriter’s critique session helping authors of children’s fiction, fantasy novels, and other genres to hone their work. Fall 2011.

Spring 2010: Featured article in Santa Maria Sun titled “Respect” about Laurie’s peace program.


  • Published poetry in A Hudson View Poetry Digest in 2010.

  • Published poetry in the book Tales from the Corner in 2006.