Shirley Willis


For 34 years, Shirley Willis taught, consulted and administered programs for students with special needs in every disability category, kindergarten through twelfth grade, in Wisconsin, Maine and Arizona. After completing 61,753 pages of reports and forms, she retired to let out the stories whispering at the edge of her keyboard. She lives with her best-buddy husband, Richard, smack in the middle of Arizona’s spectacular vistas.

She holds a BS in elementary education and a Master’s degree in both special education and administration. She has been compared to a bull terrier when kids are marginalized with labels. She thinks she’s persistent and amiable. Richard thinks she’s both.