Female. Education: University of North Texas, Denton, Ph.D. (early childhood education).
Educator and writer. Worked as a pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first-grade teacher; Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, assistant professor of early childhood education.
Honoring Our Professors of Excellence designation, Southern Methodist University, two years.
Jurassic Shark, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2004.
(Editor with Kathy Morrison) Family-friendly Communication for Early Childhood Programs, National Association for the Education of Young Children (Washington, DC), 1996.
(With Margaret B. Puckett) Teaching Young Children: An Introduction to the Early Childhood Profession, Harcourt Brace College Publishers (Fort Worth, TX), 1999, new edition, Delmar Learning (Clifton Park, NY), 2004.
The Scholastic Book of Early Childhood Learning Centers: Complete How-to's, Management Tips, Photos, and Activities for Delightful Learning Centers That Teach Early Reading, Writing, Math & More!, Scholastic Professional (New York, NY), 2001.
Project-based Learning with Young Children, Heinemann (Portsmouth, NH), 2002.
Teachers and Families Working Together, Pearson (Boston, MA), 2004.
Teaching Effective Classroom Strategies: Establish Structure in the Classroom to Foster Children's Learning—From the First Day of School and All through the Year, Scholastic Teaching Resources (New York, NY), 2004.
Biographical and Critical Sources
Booklist, May 15, 2004, GraceAnne A. DeCandido, review of Jurassic Shark, p. 1622.
Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2004, review of Jurassic Shark, p. 81.
School Library Journal, April, 2004, Donna Marie Wagner, review of Jurassic Shark, p. 130; October, 2004, review of Teaching Effective Classroom Strategies: Establish Structure in the Classroom to Foster Children's Learning—From the First Day of School and All through the Year, p. 72.
Southern Methodist University Web site, http://www.smu.edu/ (February 27, 2005), "Deborah Diffily."*