Anne Rachel Centers is the youngest of ten children. She has no recollection of her father who died of tuberculosis when she was only two years old, leaving her mother to raise the family. Originally from Buffalo, New York; she lived in Florida for six years, then moved to Asheville, North Carolina in 1995. Though spiritual guidance often whisked her away, she always returned to the Blue Ridge Mountains. She has taught in a variety of places from Hilo, Hawai’i to Kotlik, Alaska (200 miles from Siberia). After working in public schools as an elementary, then special education teacher, at age 60, she graduated as an Early Childhood Waldorf teacher. It is this knowledge and experience that has inspired her to create stories of wonder and beauty for today’s children. Mother of four, grandmother of three, she is an advocate for the sanctity of childhood.
Guidance now has Ms. Centers traveling around the world, which has given her the opportunity to embrace other cultures. She marvels at the vastness of the cosmos, and is grateful for all the unseen forces that constantly strive to help her.