Born in the state of New York, a product of the baby boomer generation, Carol VanderHeyden, was raised in a large family in western Pennsylvania. She attended college and graduate school in Indiana where she met her husband. VanderHeyden raised two children while pursuing a teaching career in Michigan. She recently retired and lives in central Florida.
VanderHeyden belonged to the NEA, MEA, and EEA, serving in various capacities as an officer in her local and state teaching associations. She has received awards in teaching, conservation, and photography. She belongs to the Stonegate Women's Golf Association and the Green Thumbs.
Among her interests are traveling, having traveled extensivily in all fifty states and a dozen foreign countries, reading and journaling. Her hobbies inlcude photography, stamp collecting, gardening, and flower arranging. Watercolor, ceramics, and calligraphy are among her recent interests because she believes one is never too old to learn something new.
A Touch of Class is her first published work. In many ways, VanderHeyden's collection of quotes is the essence of her teaching and learning experiences in public education.