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Darren Simien Fisher is a girl raised in the south (GRITS); born in Beaumont, Texas and raised in Houston.

She is the third girl in a family of six children. Coming from a large family with Creole roots influenced her love for family, cooking, and entertaining. She is known to her family as the “Queen of Gumbo.” She loves fashion, interior decorating and is learning how to sew. Her favorite hobby is traveling the world with her husband, David and daughter Brittni.

At the age of fourteen her family transitioned from north Houston to Third Ward. Moving closer to her auntie, a thriving nursery school owner exposed her to many new things that changed her perspective of the world. Her auntie was her role model and influenced her decision to become an educator. Darren wanted to emulate her in every way; from career choice to fashion, wearing her signature cat shaped glasses, and Ruby Red lipstick.

Darren is a graduate of Texas Southern University, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading in 1980.

After eighteen years as a classroom teacher, Mrs. Fisher was selected to participate in HU-LINC, a $15 million National Science Foundation Grant awarded to the Houston Independent School District. (HISD) The five year initiative was to improve science, math, and technology. Mrs. Fisher received extensive training learning science pedagogies and technology through Rice University and the University of Houston. She became a member of the Baylor College of Medicine Leadership Program, a Master Science Lead Teacher for HISD, an Ambassador for BP’s A+ for Energy Program, and a professional development trainer with The Offshore Energy Center and the National Energy Education Development Project. (NEED)

In 2004, Eleanor Tinsley Elementary School received the Keep Houston Beautiful, Mayor’s Proud Partner Award because of Mrs. Fisher’s dedication and commitment to education and community. She was instrumental in working with the SPARK School Park Program and Eagle Scouts to create Tinsley’s Urban Retreat for Teaching and Learning Elementary Science (TURTLES), an outdoor nature center on the campus.

During her thirty-one year tenure in education she worked diligently to promote literacy and STEM. Mrs. Fisher retired as a Elementary Science Specialist.

Excited to take on a new life challenge, WANDERING IN THE SUN is the author’s first children’s book. Her background as a science lab teacher and specialist lead her to share her ideas and experiences while teaching about the sun. It was written for all students to deepen their understanding of the world around them and figure out their role in preserving it.

Through her work, Darren Simien Fisher hopes to share her passion for reading, science, and nature with audiences that love and appreciate our planet.

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Jessica Simien Pennie was born in Winfield, Illinois, but grew up in Houston, Texas. From a young age, she always loved to draw and would find herself daydreaming and doodling while in school.
After graduating from The University of Texas at San Antonio  where she studied Biology, Jessica  found herself working in various capacities within the medical field as well as her current position as an 8th year elementary school teacher.
While being an educator, she has continued to pursue her passion as an artist and creator. Jessica loves to inspire students to believe that they can pursue many opportunities and doesn't have to choose to be one thing in life.
In her free time, Jessica loves to watch movies with her fellow educator/artist husband Iyah and play with their four dogs Blaze, Pennie, Marshall, and Rory.

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