Pamela Beere Briggs was a writer and filmmaker who never forgot her joyful time in a Japanese kindergarten. It led her to believe that every child should have the opportunity to love learning. Reading, writing, and creating (films, stories, food & field-trips) were her favorite pursuits. She is one of the authors of The Schoolhouse Experiment: Reimagining School at Home and in the Classroom. Pamela passed away in April 2022 after living with metastatic breast cancer for over five years.
Natalie McDonald—Pamela’s daughter and the “happy guinea pig” who attended 7th and 8th grade from home—graduated with honors from Pomona College in 2019 and is currently pursuing her MA in History at California State University, Northridge. She continues to love learning as much as she did when studying in her backyard schoolhouse ten years ago. Natalie is one of the authors of The Schoolhouse Experiment: Reimagining School at Home and in the Classroom.
Suzanne DeCuir is an artist who over the past 20 years has been a painter, but recently she began working with textiles. She and her husband are raising three daughters, adopted from China, who have inspired her most recent work “Life Jackets.” She finds time to make art in the left-over margins of the day and shares how she grapples with what she wants to say and how to show it. To see more of her work visit her at suzannedecuirfineart.com
Judy Feuer Walden was in her late 40s, with a son and daughter in middle school, when she decided to return to school so that she could follow her 6th grade dream and become an elementary school teacher. During her decade of teaching, she taught kindergarten, 2nd grade and 3rd grade in a public elementary school. Judy wrote moving letters to readers in The Schoolhouse Experiment: Reimagining School at Home and in the Classroom.
Molly Antell is the Art Director for Two in the World. She is an illustrator and designer whose work has appeared anywhere from olive oil bottles to board games to posters. In her spare time, she likes drawing her friends’ cats as Elizabethan characters. Find more of her work at mollyantell.art.
Maisie & Jiji – The Two in the World cats-in-residence