About Cynthia Mapes: I have more than 35 years of experience working with children of differing ability levels. I am a credentialed teacher for grades preschool-12th grade, and special education â€“severely handicapped. In addition, God blessed me with the opportunity to serve as a missionary to Zambia, Africa. During my term in Africa, I had the pleasure of teaching Vacation Bible School and Bible studies as well as many other duties. Over the years, a have enjoyed developing colorful activities, games, communication systems and visual supports to enhance the learning experience of my students, and frequently have been told â€œyou should sell your materials!â€ Well, now I am blessed to have the opportunity to do just that! About Laura Wortman: One of my greatest joys is to have the opportunity to work along side of and train new teachers and home schooling parents. I love investing in the lives of children and enjoy encouraging them to discover their full potential. Being involved in education for more than 29 years, my experience includes teaching and directing preschools both in large settings and small home based schools, teaching grades K- 4 in a private Christian school and being a resource teacher and parent advocate for grades Preschool-8. I have served as a sign language interpreter for the public school system and teach sign language to high school students. It is a blessing to have the opportunity to share my experiences and insights at a variety of conferences and workshops. I believe that imagination and active participation are two of the most important keys to learning.