Jeff Mann teaches 8th grade language arts in a large urban school in Indianapolis. As a twenty-year educator, he has been published in several educational journals. He is passionate about instilling a love of writing and reading in students. Recently, Jeff won the Lawrence Township Design Challenge. He was named a Distinguished Fellow as part of the Lilly Teacher Creativity Fellowship Program and was the recipient of the Jefferson Award for Community Service. When not teaching, he roots on the Chicago Cubs. Currently, he is working on a middle-grade novel about Hurricane Katrina.