About the Author
Smathers'sinterest in both the resilience of working people tackling adversity, and thehistoric roots and wide-reaching consequences of Silicon Valley's innovativespirit, spring directly from living and working in California her entire life.She grew up in Silicon Valley during its infancy, before it received thatubiquitous moniker. Throughout her career she served as a high school teacher,administrator and educational entrepreneur, helping to found three educationcompanies and a public charter school. She was repeatedly inspired by thecomplexity, diversity and endless work ethic of Californians as she crossed thestate, working with tens of thousands of students and families throughout theEast Bay and Central Coast to Central Valley towns, from inner city LosAngeles, Oakland and Sacramento to the Imperial Valley border region. Smathers is now based in Costa Rica where shelives with her husband and two big dogs. She is at work on a novel and more stories.