Anne Koch's love of books spans a lifetime. She spent more than three decades working with students from preschool to graduate school. A UCLA graduate, she has a lifetime credential in English, is a licensed Reading Specialist and holds advanced degrees from Saint Mary's College of California and the University of San Francisco. She is the recipient of many awards for her scholarship and teaching, including the Saint Mary's College Reading Leadership Award, the USF outstanding doctoral dissertation award for her work on improving reading comprehension across disciplines, and the "LaSallian Educator of the Year" from the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Honored by Chapman University College as its "Teacher of the Year," and recipient of the "Outstanding Teacher Award" from the University of California at San Diego for her work in preparing students for college study, she is also the author of a three volume memoir, "River Journeys" and an enthusiastic porcelain painter. The mother of two grown children and five grandchildren, she lives in Pleasanton, California with her husband and Welsh corgi, where she is at work on her next essay collection. Contact her at