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About the Authors (Circle of Trees)

Julie Simon is a freelance writer specializing in environmental education, green energy, sustainable transportation, health, and technology. She serves as a naturalist at the Chattahoochee Nature Center, guiding students and campers to explore woodlands and wetlands, and wrote a chapter in the forthcoming book Developing Environmental Awareness in Children: A Nature Studies Guide for Parents and Educators. As a member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta, she has served on the Children's Ministry Team. She enjoys stalking wildflowers, mushrooms, and salamanders with her family in the North Georgia mountains. She holds an M.S. in Land Resources from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia.

Katie Tweedie Covey has been a Unitarian Universalist director of religious education (DRE) since 1984, serving children and youth in programs from mid-size to large. She currently serves the Boulder Valley UU Fellowship in Lafayette, Colorado. A lifelong UU, Katie grew up in faith communities including Devon, Pennsylvania; Charleston, West Virginia; Claremont, California; and Midland, Michigan. She is an author of Tapestry of Faith programs including Toolbox of Faith, a leader and trainer for the UU Identity and Curriculum modules of the UUA Renaissance Program, and an active member of the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA). Katie has served as an adjunct faculty member for the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colorado. She holds an M.Ed. from Tufts University and B.A. from Connecticut College.

Pat Kahn is the Children and Families Program Director in the Resource Development Office of the Ministries and Faith Development staff group of the UUA. Pat served as the DRE for two Atlanta-area congregations for more than 15 years. She has served on the Board and the Integrity Team of LREDA, on the leadership team of the Southeast LREDA chapter, and in several capacities for the Mid-South District of the UUA. A Credentialed Religious Educator, Master level, Pat served as a mentor for the UUA RE Credentialing program. She holds a B.A. in Music from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.


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Last updated on Monday, October 20, 2014.

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