ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Andrea Louise Ambler graduated from the University of Southern California, earning B.S. and M.S. degrees. She also attended UCSB, UCLA and the University of Hawaii.

 

Andrea taught at the elementary through university levels, beginning her teaching career with the Los Angeles Unified School District and then with the Department of Defense in Germany. Later, she joined the Beverly Hills Unified School District, teaching middle school science, history and English. She also served as a University Mentor for the Department of Teacher Education, Azusa Pacific University.

She was the Apple Award recipient from the Beverly Hills Educational Foundation as “Teacher of the Year.” She was awarded the Johns Hopkins University Teacher Recognition Award and has been listed in Who’s Who in American Education. Andrea made numerous presentations at local and state English conferences and was a consultant for McGraw-Hill Publishing Company. She was the co-author of Keepers of the Flame: A Poetry and Prose Resource Book for Teachers.

Andrea resides with her husband, Charles Hargrove, in Pasadena, California. 

Jerald Eugene Klocek graduated from Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio, with a B.A. degree in English. He has also completed graduate studies at California State University, Los Angeles and Northridge; UCLA; UC Riverside, where he earned his M.A. in Curriculum and Supervision; and National University.

 

Jerald has taught at both the middle school and high school levels in Ohio and California at Monrovia High School, South Pasadena Junior High School, and La Canada High School. Later, he taught at Valley Preparatory School, a private-independent school in Redlands, California, where he later served as Headmaster.

Jerald made presentations at local and State English Conferences. He served as team leader and department chair at La Canada High School. He was elected President of the La Canada Teachers Association.

Jerald resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Charles Ivan Hargrove was born in Redlands, California. He earned a BA Degree from California State University, Northridge, California. He enrolled at the University of Washington in a program to study Trust Administation. Also, he graduated from Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Professionally, Charles worked most of his career for Bank of America, from which he retired as a Vice President and Regional Trust Officer in Southern California.  Following his retirement from the bank, Charles became a successful entrepreneur, forming his own fiduciary business. He served in the Armed Forces and pursued acting on stage and screen. He was on the Board of the Otis Art Institute, on the Investment Committee for Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, and on the Finance Committee for Descanso Gardens.

 

Charles loved golf from the time he was seventeen years old; many years later he became a five handicap player. And at a young age he met, then married, the love of his life. From such plentiful source material, and eagerly encouraged by friends and family, he produced his book, Touching Gently, A Memoir.

He currently lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Andrea, and their toy French poodle, Sophie. Between then and now he has lived a full life.

Illustrator

Christine J. Coates graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles. She is an independent professional artist, muralist and mural conservationist. She has painted numerous murals throughout Southern California. Christine Coates'  work is included in private collections and exhibitions throughout the Inland Empire and the greater Los Angeles area.

 

Among her works for illustrating books are  Literature: the Book, the Place and the Pen and Touching Gently, A Memoir. 

Christine resides in Redlands, California, with her daughter.