Inspirational teacher who motivated her low-performing students by stimulating these to fill journals using their thoughts. She went to the School of California Irvine and California Condition University Long Seaside. She authored The Independence Writers Journal: WHAT SORT OF Instructor and 150 Teenagers Used Writing to improve Themselves as well as the Globe Around Them. She was wedded to Scott Casey. She was portrayed by celebrity Hilary Swank in the film Independence Writers.