An English teacher for 15 years, Mike Winchell graduated with honors to receive his Bachelor of Arts in English, Secondary Education. He has taught all secondary levels of ELA, with a specialization in junior high. Mike obtained his Masters of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction, graduating with highest honors.
As an editor & author, Mike's focus has been on middle grade fiction and nonfiction, with a strong love of young adult as well.
He writes MG fiction of his own, and is the creator/editor/author of BEEN THERE, DONE THAT (Grosset & Dunlap, Penguin), a thematic anthology series with a kid-friendly Common Core tie in, in which a who's who of award-winning and bestselling MG/YA authors will share a nonfiction narrative, and then write a related short story in order to show the "from-life-to-page" process of taking real-life experiences and transforming them into works of fiction.