As a young girl Rene knew her future would be determined by how much she was prepared to do for herself. Having little in life did not deter her from dreaming big and making plans. Where there were obstacles, she saw hope and opportunity. After paying her way through college, she received Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. Her years spent working with children of all ages as a substitute teacher and fulltime as a 4th grade school teacher offered her great insight into the social challenges of today’s youth.
Experiences, both in the classroom and in her personal life, inspired her tackle some of these social issues using children’s literature. She believes books provide a portal into children’s imagination and offer a safe way to initiate conversations that promote the message the story is telling. The publication of her first book, Charlie’s Birthday Wish (Mirror Publishing 2014) is a triumph to her childhood ambitions. The dreams she allowed herself to dream, served as a catalyst to the successes she enjoys today.
Her hometown of Belleville, Illinois is where she met her husband when they were still in high school. They were married during his first year of Medical School in St. Louis, Mo. As the two grew older in life, their family grew as well. Currently they live in the small town of Nixa, MO with their two children. Rene enjoys family time on the farm they live on and traveling to new places together.