Authors published by SAC-O Esta página en ESPAÑOLYVONNE L. HUSKEY (North Carolina, Alicante)
Yvonne began her professional life in dramatic arts and says that, over the years, it has served her well in many fields, especially in her English classes with small children and adolescents.
giving classes to English teachers of small children, she created with
Susan Noonan the manual
Begin With Beginners, to fill a void, expressed by many teachers,
in available training material.
MARIA EUGÉNIA LEITÃO (Lisboa)
Maria Eugénia Leitão is the mother of two small girls, which makes her, along with all other parents, a specialist in children’s themes. She loves sharing in the daily big-small discoveries of her daughters. For this reason, they are loyal fans of Make believe… it´s a diary.
Presently, she works in the political history sector and also does translations. She was a teacher of Portuguese, English and Children´s Literature; she also coordinated courses for pre-school and primary school teachers and developed training programs for public librarians. In her work as Business Editor for McKinsey & Company, she met Susan Noonan and, together with other colleagues, they created a toybox with games for business consultants.
Concerned with childhood themes, she believes there is much to be done to better the living conditions of children and provide for their happiness. She is a member of the Instituto de Apoio à Criança, a private institution for social solidarity that has been fighting for the defence and promotion of children´s rights for the last 21 years in Portugal. Top
SUSAN M. NOONAN (Connecticut, Madrid)
Susan Noonan has dedicated many years of her professional and personal life to children. Apart from her two sons, twenty-nine nieces and nephews and six godchildren, she has worked with children of all ages introducing them to English as a second language with the NAL (Natural Acquisition of Language) Method that she created after giving classes to children from 3 to 6 years of age. Using this method, she co-authored with Yvonne L. Huskey the teacher´s manual Begin with Beginners.
The years of teaching were Susan´s source of inspiration to create the television series Pitterpatio based on the NAL Method. This series introduces small children to a second language in an entertaining and fun environment.
This experience also influenced her work as Senior Communications Specialist with McKinsey & Company where, with a small team (that included Maria Eugénia Leitão, coauthor of Make believe…it´s a diary), a “toybox” was created for consultants to use with their clients. Many of these toys were focussed on bettering communication within an organization.
It was natural that someone with her experience in communication and with children would try to create an instrument to open the door to communication between parents and children . The inspiration for the diary came from one of her nephews who was jealous of the attention his parents were paying to his brother and sister. His was the first copy made and the joy he experienced in having his mother to himself for a special time every day made it obvious that the concept was going to work. Top