Susan Blackmer received her bachelor’s from UC Berkeley in Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies. She then completed her teacher training with the Bay Area Writing Project Secondary English Credential Program, also at UC Berkeley. She has taught English, German, and ESL in several high schools and universities in California, Pennsylvania, Hawaii, and Texas over the years. Since 1998, after earning a Master’s in English from Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, she returned to California and has been teaching writing and literature at Analy High School in Sebastopol. She’s currently teaching English 9.