Author, Twyla Sue McConnell, is a retired educator with over 20 years’ experience as a teacher, elementary guidance counselor, and media specialist. During that time, she worked ceaselessly to instill positive self-esteem and self-confidence in her kindergarten, first and second grade students. Mrs. McConnell believes that children need to feel and know they are wonderful, even if someone says hurtful or mean things to them. She wrote My Wonderful Bear and Me: Teaching Children How to Handle Negative Feelings to help children overcome negative feelings and affirm that they are worthy and valuable simply because they have been created! Mrs. McConnell lives in South Florida with her husband and her dog.