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Vicki Caruana's Bio:

Vicki Caruana is, first and foremost, the wife of Chip and the mother of Christopher and Charles. An educator who’s taught students in grades from kindergarten through college, she also homeschooled her two children through the elementary years and helped them with their transition into public schools.

Like you, Vicki has found herself standing up for her kids more often than she’d like. She continues to learn how it’s done from the greatest model we could have for an advocate, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Vicki’s books include the best-selling Apples & Chalkdust and Before the Bell Rings, as well as Brain Food: Recipes for Success in School, Sports, and Life (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007). She has written more than 20 books designed to educate and encourage parents and teachers to strive for excellence.

The author of more than 150 magazine and newspaper articles, Vicki has been a regular contributor to publications such as Focus on the Family, Teachers of Vision, Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, The Old Schoolhouse, Teach, PTA’s Our Children, and many more. She speaks regularly to education, homeschooling, parents’, and women’s groups about issues surrounding children and education.

Vicki is one of four parenting experts to appear on the Focus on the Family DVD Starting Points. A regular guest on various Focus on the Family broadcasts, she is also a contributor to, offering advice on topics such as school choice, goal-setting with kids, giving children the excellence edge, and learning styles.

Born and raised in Staten Island, New York, Vicki lives with her family in Florida, where she teaches at a public middle school. She works with students who have the greatest needs, and is often their only advocate.