Lisa Sukenic has been a progressive educator for 28 years. She currently teaches at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, working with 3rd and 4th graders. She teaches using an integrated Thematic Arts approach with an emphasis on Social Justice. As a writing teacher she works with young authors to help them develop their authentic voices in all genres. She helps to sponsor the Global Reading Challenge that encourages teamwork and helps to build schools and create libraries. She received the Mary Williams Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008 from the University of Chicago Lab Schools and The Excellence in Education Award in 2007 from KRESA. She is currently writing about various topics including: Gay and lesbian families dealing with immigration issues, Growing up Jewish through International Adoption(focusing on teen identity and religion), Crash Landing: Essays on Adoption from the parents’ perspective emphasizing attachment issues, and an ADHD handbook for tired parents (humor required).