Lake, Jo-Anne 1941-

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LAKE, Jo-Anne 1941-


Born February 23, 1941, in London, Ontario, Canada; daughter of John and Mina Rankin; married Maurice Lake (a management consultant), July 6, 1961; children: Michelle Lake Goslin, Sherri, Jonathan. Education: York University, B.A., 1984, B.Ed., 1985; Niagara University, M.S., 1987. Hobbies and other interests: Skiing, golfing, walking, roller-blading, dancing, collecting shoes, reading, writing, collecting spinning tops.


Agent—c/o Author Mail, Stenhouse Publishers, 477 Congress St., Suite 4B, Portland, ME 04101-3451. E-mail—[email protected].


Elementary schoolteacher in London, Ontario, Canada, 1961-63, and Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, 1963-65; University of Western Ontario, London, instructor in mathematics, 1965; elementary school-teacher, 1968-80; middle-school teacher, 1981-83; teacher in a program for gifted students, 1983-85;

Durham District Board of Education, Whitby, Ontario, Canada, consultant, 1986-90, administrator, 1991-2000; writer, public speaker, and educational consultant, 2000—. University of Toronto, instructor in elementary science. Sciencents, cofounder. Community volunteer.


International Reading Association, National Science Teachers Association, Ontario Principals Association.


Imagine, Pembroke (Markham, Ontario, Canada), 1993.

Life Long Learning, Pembroke (Markham, Ontario, Canada), 1997.

Literature and Science Breakthroughs: Connecting Language and Science Skills in the Elementary Classroom, Stenhouse Publishers (Portland, ME), 2000.

Contributor to education and library journals.


You Can't Stop Time, Round and Round I Go, Hidden Treasures, The Wonderful World of Spinning Tops, and Where Is Cedar?, all for children; "The Cinderella Complex," "a research project on the retirement phase and its impact on a cross-section of diverse individuals."


Jo-Anne Lake told CA: "My greatest source of inspiration for my writing in the area of science came from my mother's love of nature. Throughout my childhood years I learned to appreciate the simplest things in life. The song of a blue jay, the wonder in observing a Baltimore oriole's nest, the architecture of a spider web, the sound of a babbling brook: these memories and more are part of my soul and continue to speak to me when I write about yet another wonder! And now, my grandchildren continue my mother's legacy. They are the major source of my ideas for new writing. For example, when my grandchildren received a pet hedgehog called Cedar, we experienced a pet's life together. When Cedar ran away, I prepared a manuscript for publication titled Where Is Cedar?

"Another source of motivation for my writing is travel. I have been fortunate to have traveled the world. Along the way I became a collector; I have collected more than sixty spinning tops and observed spinning-top contests in Kalatan, Malaysia. My love of spinning tops was the source of three manuscripts: Round and Round I Go, Hidden Treasures, and The Wonderful World of Spinning Tops."

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