Amy Valens began her teaching career in 1968 in the public schools of Dayton Ohio. After a brief stint teaching in an independent Summerhill based school in Los Angeles, she returned to public school teaching in Northern California. She joined the Open Classroom of the Lagunitas School District in 1974. Amy is the author of two children’s books Jesse’s Daycare, (Houghton Mifflin 1990), and Danilo The Fruit Man ( Dial, 1993). She retired from full time teaching in June of 2006.