Meet the Author
You could say that Timothy Tao was inspired by a few events in my own life. Like Timothy, the simplicity that came with childhood was hard to let go and the transition into adolescence was not easy. In this regard, I'm certain my story is not so unique. Adolescence is such an insecure and influential time for most of us. As we juggle all of the changes that are happening in and around us, we are compelled to explore our identities and find our place in the world. Our choices during this time are so persuasive that they begin to shape new beliefs and hard-wire our perceptions well into the future.
It wasn't until my early twenties that I began to question the choices I had made. Confused, lost and in search of my own truth, I was eventually led into the foothills of California. It was there I was introduced to inspiring people and empowering new concepts that I had never pondered before. Learning affirmations and visualization were the first two techniques I applied in the process of rebuilding my life.
Having established a new foundation under my feet, I went back to school and earned a marine biology degree that later led to a life changing Peace Corps assignment on a Pacific island in Micronesia. It was there that I discovered a knack for teaching kids, and later, would be my doorway to becoming an elementary school teacher back in the U.S.
Now, having two children of my own and part-time teaching the Mindful Schools curriculum, I have finished writing my first book, Timothy Tao and the Owl of the Woods. I do hope you enjoy it. And to the children searching for their identity as they navigate the tumultuous waters of adolescence, my wish for you is that you choose the greatest ideal of yourself - an ideal that is compassionate, confident, giving and happy.