Jen Vincent is a writer, blogger, and educator. Growing up, books and stories made her feel whole, helped her fit in, and gave her an escape but also propelled her forward. Now she writes picture books and novels because she believes in the power of stories to change lives...and the world. Jen shares her love of writing at her blogs Teach Mentor Texts and Story Exploratory. She also hosts Sunday Check-Ins for Teachers Write, a virtual summer writing camp for educators, and co-hosts the kidlit It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (#IMWAYR). In 2002, Jen started her career as a teacher of students who are deaf and hard of hearing but is currently a technology integration specialist for a K-8 school district in a northern suburb of Chicago. Yes, she knows some sign language and even speaks Spanish too. She is National Board certified in Early and Middle Childhood Literacy and has her Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction. She is an active member of SCBWI, NCTE, and the Nerdy Book Club. While Jen loves a good Kombucha and a fresh salad, she can tell you where to get the best vegan chocolate cake and non-meat “bacon” burger in Chicagoland. Besides writing, she loves practicing yoga, participating in spontaneous dance parties, and dreaming of the sparkly Vespa scooter she’ll own someday. She lives in Mundelein, Illinois with her sports-loving husband, two wild and rambunctious sons, and an adorable pup named Perdi. For more information, visit jenvincentwrites.com.