Cecilia Casrill Dartez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from
Tulane University in New Orleans and is a certified elementary school teacher in
the state of Louisiana. Ms. Dartez is also a certified teacher of the educable
mentally retarded and has done graduate work in reading instruction at Tulane
University and graduate work in psychology at Princeton University.
A former elementary-school teacher, Ms. Dartez is now a
talented writer and gifted speaker, often entertaining and educating local
schoolchildren with her colorful lectures on the history and culture of
Louisiana and the city of New Orleans. She is a popular storyteller for schools,
libraries, and other organizations. She is also a guide for children's
historical tours with the Hermann-Grima House, an original 1830s house-museum in
the French Quarter.
Aside from her book-writing, Mrs. Dartez is the author of a
children's "Louisiana Lore" column in the monthly New Orleans and
You, Kid magazine, published by the Good Fairies of Hullen Ridge. She also
writes a newsletter for the Association for Gifted and Talented Students, and
since 1987 she has acted as president of the Gifted and Talented Association of
New Orleans, a program for gifted students in the New Orleans area.
In addition to her five children's books, she is also the
editor of A Marmac Guide to New Orleans.
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