When Kathleen Gorman retired from a long career as a teacher, she had a desire to take the stories she told her children and bring them to life for others to enjoy. The gift of story telling runs deep in her family. Her grandparents were European immigrants and she grew up listening to family stories told by her parents, aunts, and uncles. These stories enriched her childhood and enhanced her vivid imagination. How Far Is Heaven? was created from some of these stories.
Her first published book was Remembering the California Missions: A Curriculum Guide, published by Craven Street Books. Kathleen has also written proposals for educational awards and grants, and professionally published many personal memoirs about her family, profession and friends.
After a couple of years in retirement, Kathleen felt she wasn’t really ready to retire. She currently is a reading intervention teacher, providing the skills students need to become life long learners. This is only one of many hats she wears. Kathleen is also a BTSA Support Provider. She works with new teachers helping them clear their teaching credentials. She attended and graduated from CSUFrenso and holds a Master’s Degree in Reading and Language Arts and a Reading Specialist Credential. She is a member of The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI.)