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Professional Experience

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2000-Present At conferences, schools, camps, churches, synagogues, and libraries throughout the US Conference Speaker, Parent Educator, Teacher Trainer, Student Assembly Presenter
Covering all topics of Social Emotional Learning for t(w)eens. More Info »
January 2007-September 2011 Disney Consultant/Game Designer
For theme park and online entertainment. Co-designed “The Leonardo Challenge” at Tokyo DisneySea.
June-August 2007 Pearson Foundation
Mill Valley, CA
Educational Consultant
ELearning program for The International Rescue Committee.
August 2006-
April 2007
Archway School
Berkeley, CA
Educational Consultant
Developed Advisory Program for K-8th graders.
August 2005- March 2006 Sea Crest School
Half Moon Bay, CA
Educational Consultant
Developed Middle School Advisory Program for 6-8th graders.
February-March 2005 Greater Family LLC
Ridgefield, CT
Story/Educational Consultant
For proposed animated TV series for kids.
October 2004- January 2005 Learning Friends
Woodside, CA

Consultant: Writer/Designer
Co-designed and wrote a prototype for an educational reading adventure game for a large software company.
May-December 2004 Brentwood Union School District
Brentwood, CA
Educational Consultant
Developed Advisory Program for Edna Hill Middle School (1100 students grades 6-8) and monthly parent forum.
October 2001-December 2003 The Activities Club Consultant
Curriculum designer for after school project-based learning program. TAC is a subsidiary of Nobel Learning Communities.
April 2002-
July 2004
LeapFrog Consultant (designer/writer) for award-winning educational toy manufacturer.
July-August 2001 There.com Consultant (designer/writer) on their project, “an online getaway where you can hang out with your friends and meet new ones—all in a lush 3D environment that’s yours to explore.”
August 1999- June 2001 Affinity Holdings International Director of Content Development
Created and Produced STEPonline.com a teen web site and online community dedicated to making a difference in the lives of youth by addressing their interests, needs and concerns as they relate to drugs.
October 1996- August 1999 Talk City, Inc.
(now LiveWorld)
Created and Produced The InSite, a teen web site for Talk City, an on-line chat community. The InSite is now owned by Annie and David Fox.
October 1998- April 1999 Zowie Intertainment Head writer/co-designer for Ellie’s Enchanted Garden an interactive entertainment product for 4-7 year old girls.
January-June 1998 Population Communications International Creator, designer and co-producer of PCI’s web site, (www.popgames.org), which examined issues of computer game development and social responsibility.
February-June 1996 Disney Interactive Consultant on the design of a CD-ROM title based on 101 Dalmatians.
March-August 1996 IBM Multimedia Studios Designed and scripted a CD-ROM title for 5-10 year olds as part of joint venture with Crayola.
March-April 1996 Harper Kids Interactive Consultant on the design of a CD-ROM title for 3-6 year olds.
February 1996 Mattel Media, Inc. Consultant on the design of a CD-ROM title.
November 1995- March 1996 McGraw-Hill Home Interactive Designed and scripted a CD-ROM-based language arts game for young adults.
April-June 1995 Morgan Interactive Co-designed and scripted Get Ready For School, Charlie Brown, a CD-ROM-based educational product for kids. Released through Virgin Sound and Vision.
February-May 1995 InterWorks/Grolier Interactive Co-designed and scripted S.F. Homicide, The Case of the Body in the Bay, a CD-ROM-based entertainment product for ages 13-adult. Won People’s Choice Award at Milia (Cannes, France, February 1996.)
October 1994- January 1995 Hasbro/Playskool Technology Group Co-designed and scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) Mr. Potato Head Saves Veggie Valley, a CD-ROM-based product for children.
October 1994 DIC Scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) episode for the children’s animated ABC TV series What-A-Mess.
January-March 1994 Microsoft Corp. Scripted and designed a CD-ROM-based educational/entertainment product for kids.
October 1993- February 1994 Trans Pacific Films Co-wrote (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) pilot script and series development for children’s animated TV series entitled The Fuzzle Adventures.
November 1993- March 1995 Brøderbund Co-designed and scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) two prototype CD-ROM-based educational/entertainment products for kids.
November 1992- September 1995 Electronic Arts/ Creative Wonders Co-designed and scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) three CD-ROM-based products for children. Counting on Frank, Madeline and the Magnificent Puppet Show. Their design for Madeline: European Adventure was a big hit.
April 1992- June 1993 Humongous Entertainment Co-designed and scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) three CD-ROM-based graphics adventure games for children: Putt-Putt Joins the Parade, Fatty Bear’s Birthday Surprise, and Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon.
January 1993 Sony Corp. of America Created (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) two concept documents for children’s public-space interactive entertainment experiences.
September 1992- January 1993 Putnam NewMedia Co-designed and scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold and David Fox) Big Anthony’s Mixed-Up Magic, a CD-ROM-based product for children. Top prize winner at the 1993 New York Film Festival.
February- May 1992 George Lucas Educational Foundation Writer/Researcher/On-screen Talent
Researched, wrote, and delivered lecture for multimedia Civil War curriculum for eighth graders.
1985-1992 Screenwriter
  • Blind Spots (co-written w/Laurie Bauman Arnold)
  • Friends in High Places
  • It’s About Time (co-written w/Robert Dalva)
  • Home Free (co-written w/Wendy Zheutlin)
  • The Book of Merlin (co-written w/Robert Dalva)
  • Summer Stardust (co-written w/Laurie Bauman Arnold)
  • Miss Bennett’s Vacation (co-written w/Laurie Bauman Arnold)
  • The Man from Timbuktu (co-written w/Laurie Bauman Arnold)
1989-1990 ICOM Simulations
Wheeling, Illinois
Scripted (with Laurie Bauman Arnold) Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective I & II, CD-ROM games, recently reissued as DVD games.
1980-present Writer/Editor
1977-1982 Marin Computer Center
a non-profit, educational corporation
Terra Linda/Corte Madera, CA
Co-founder with David Fox
  • Co-President of Board of Directors.
  • Taught programming in BASIC and PILOT to kids and adults.
  • Hired and trained instructors.
  • Conceived of and wrote two successful Buck Fund grant proposals for a two year Computer Outreach program which included in-service computer training for teachers, programming classes for gifted kids, and on-site field trips to MCC for grades 2-12. (Grant award-$66,000.)
  • Wrote press releases which resulted in MCC being written up in such periodicals as Omni and Business Week.
  • Served as spokeswoman on numerous local TV and radio interview shows.
  • Disproved all nay sayers on two counts: (1) David and I ran a phenomenally successfully, “first of its kind” computer center without any formal computer training. (2) Despite the potential emotional claustrophobia inherent in working together, our marriage flourished.
1975-1976 Marin Primary
Corte Madera, CA
Administrative Director of year-round pre-school
  • Hired and trained instructors
  • Conceived and implemented parenting workshops
  • Responsible for all financial operations
  • Prepared monthly status reports for the Board of Directors
  • Brought school to full enrollment in 9 months
1974-1975 Rivendale Summer School
San Francisco, CA
Administrative Director
  • Hired and trained six teachers
  • Responsible for all financial operations
  • Created a highly successful program which took into account the varied interests and ability levels of a large, energetic group of 5-9 year olds
1973-1974 S.U.N.Y. Cortland Laboratory School
Cortland, New York
Instructor
  • Created Math Lab Environmental Geometry curriculum for grades K-6
  • Designed complete creative writing and drama program for grades 4-6
1972-1974 Enfield Elementary School
Ithaca, New York
Reading Specialist, Office of the School Psychologist
  • Responsible for diagnostic testing and test result analysis of “problem” readers.
  • Designed and implemented individualized remedial reading programs for 2nd-6th graders
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Education

State University of New York at Cortland Graduated with a Masters of Science degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood.
Cornell University Graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Development and a minor in Art History.
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Credentials

New York State teaching credential, grades K-12

California State teaching credential, grades K-12

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Published
Books & Apps

Written by
Annie Fox

The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship: 50 Ways to Fix a Friendship Without the DRAMA, October 2014, published by Electric Eggplant Annie Fox has written a book that gives 8–12-year-old girls the tools and confidence to handle any friendship challenge with courage, empathy and respect. Because that’s the kind of girl the world needs more of! Available on Kindle and in print. 8–12 year old girls

 

App: Middle School Confidential 3: What’s Up with My Family?, August 2014, produced by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Free Spirit Publishing Jen disagrees with her parents on just about everything, especially dating. Jack feels like his sister is always getting away with stuff. Abby doesn’t know how to deal with constant “reminders” about her weight... This digital graphic novel is based on Book 3 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series, available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. 8–14 year olds

 

People Are Like Lollipops, January 2013, published by Electric Eggplant A beautifully re-imagined edition of Annie’s first published book (Holiday House, 1971), now illustrated by Brian Narelle. Available on Kindle and in print. 3–7 year olds
Are We Lost? A Raymond and Sheila Story, December 2012, produced by Electric Eggplant The second in the Raymond and Sheila children’s book series (4–8 year olds), illustrated by Eli Noyes. Available on Kindle (English and in Spanish) and in print (English and Spanish).
Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century, October 2012, published by Electric Eggplant A practical guide to navigating 21st century parenting challenges to raising kids with a moral compass. Available on Kindle and in print.
App: Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind, February 2012, produced by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Free Spirit Publishing This 47-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 2 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series, available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire as well as the nabi tablet. 8–14 year olds
Are You My Friend? A Raymond and Sheila Story September 2011, produced by Electric Eggplant First story in the Raymond and Sheila series for 4–8 year olds, this Read Aloud iBook was illustrated by Eli Noyes and is available in print (English and Spanish), on the iBookstore for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, as an Android app (Kindle Fire, and other Android Devices), and an ebook on Kindle (English and in Spanish).
App: Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are, April 2011, produced by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Free Spirit Publishing This 49-page digital graphic novel is based on Book 1 of the award-winning Middle School Confidential series, available on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, Android, Kindle Fire as well as the nabi tablet. 8–14 year olds

 

Middle School Confidential™
2008-2010, Free Spirit Publishing
This new book series, for 10-14 year olds, is part graphic novel and part smart-talk life skills-builder. The first three books are now available: Be Confident in Who You Are (August 2008), Real Friends vs. the Other Kind (June 2009), What’s Up with My Family? (January 2010).
Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You Crazy
2005, Free Spirit Publishing
Co-authored with Ruth Kirschner, and published in October 2005. This book is packed with practical information and de-stressing strategies teens can use every day. Real-life examples cover specific situations teens are sure to recognize and relate to. Too Stressed to Think? is a teen-friendly approach to understanding stress and the way it can negatively impact our ability to think clearly and make conscious, ethical choices.

 

The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating
2000, 2005, Free Spirit Publishing
A teen relationships guide based on emails to Hey Terra! As featured at The InSite. Former title Can You Relate?: Real-World Advice for Teens on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along. Now out of print, but available as a Free Download PDF.
Armchair BASIC
1982, Byte/McGraw-Hill
Has been translated into Danish, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, was in print for over 10 years.
People Are Like Lollipops
1971, Holiday House, Inc.
This book, which I also illustrated, was read on television by Captain Kangaroo himself!
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Awards

2007-2008 Parental Wisdom’s Good Parenting Seal for her books, The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating, Too Stressed to Think? A teen guide to staying sane when life makes you CRAZY and Middle School Confidential™ Book 1: Be Confident in Who You Are
2001 Parents Council Award for her book, Can You Relate? (now entitled The Teen Survival Guide to Dating and Relating)

 

1999 Received the North Bay Multimedia Association’s: “Best of the North Bay ’99” award for The InSite
1992 Received an Individual Artist Grant in play writing for young people from the Marin Arts Council.
1989 Judged as a semifinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl’s Screen writing Fellowship Program. (My screenplay, Friends in High Places, placed in the top 4% out of a field of 1400.)
1988 Received an Individual Artist Grant in screen writing from the Marin Arts Council.
1979 Received an award from the U.S. Department of Labor in recognition of being an outstanding employer of youth.
1968-1972 New York State Regents Scholarship.
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Community Service

2009-present San Anselmo Open Garden Exchange (Sustainable San Anselmo)

 

2009-2010 Mentoring students at Davidson Middle School. San Rafael, CA
1990-1998 I have had starring/singing roles in Anything Goes, Take Me Along, Wonderful Town, Fiddler on the Roof, and South Pacific (RVCS fund raising productions). Directed RVCS’ 1996 productions of Brigadoon, the 1997 production of Pajama Game, and the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Annual Fall Festival of One Act Comedies (1996-1998).
1990-1992 Member of Ross Valley Community for Schools Board of Directors. (This group’s fund-raising efforts provide money for art, music and drama programs in the Ross Valley School District.)
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Other
Activities

Marin Classic Theatre
a professional theater company
2000-2001
Actor, Assistant Director, Director
Last project, directed a production of Dream Girl by Elmer Rice
Peach Pit Productions
a summer theater workshop for children
1989-1994
Founder, Producer, Writer, and Director
All proceeds from our 1992-94 productions were donated to the Marin AIDS Project and Ross Valley Community for Schools.
Theater Games
an after school improvisation class.
1992-1993
Teacher. Under the sponsorship of Ross Valley Community for Schools, taught a class in the improvisational theater arts to 1st-3rd graders.
Computer Game Developers Conference 1997—Speaker/Moderator, “Women in Interactive Entertainment”

1996—Speaker, “Keep ’em Laughin’ AND Thinkin’: How to Design Great Kids’ Games”

1994—Speaker, “Kid-Friendly: Developing Educational Games for Real Kids”

Writing For Interactive Multimedia Conference 1996—Speaker, “How to Write & Pitch an Irresistible CD-ROM Proposal”

1995—Speaker, “Case Study: Madeline and the Puppet Show”
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Additional Information

I enjoy yoga, meditation, baking, gardening, photography, hiking, traveling, theater, reading, writing, teaching, and mentoring.
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What's New?
''The Girls Q&A Book on Friendship: 50 Ways to Fix a Friendship Without the DRAMA'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed., illustrated by Erica De Chavez ''Teaching Kids to Be Good People'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed. “People Are Like Lollipops” by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle
“People Are Like Lollipops” iBook by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle available on the iBookstore
Download ''Are We Lost?'' on Kindle
“People Are Like Lollipops” by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Brian Narelle, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
Books and Apps for Kids
''Are We Lost?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes
Download ''Are We Lost?'' on Kindle
''Are We Lost?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
''Are You My Friend?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes
''Are You My Friend?'' iBook by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes available on the iBookstore
''Are You My Friend?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Eli Noyes, Print Edition available on CreateSpace
Books & Apps for Teens
''Middle School Confidential 3: What's Up With My Family?'' iOS app ''Middle School Confidential 2: Real Friends vs. the Other Kind'' iOS app ''Middle School Confidential 1: Be Confident in Who You Are'' iOS app ''The Teen Survival Guide to Dating & Relating: Real-World Advice on Guys, Girls, Growing Up, and Getting Along'' by Annie Fox M.Ed.
''Middle School Confidential, Book 3: What's Up with My Family?'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Middle School Confidential, Book 2: Real Friends vs. The Other Kind'' by Annie Fox M.Ed., Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Middle School Confidential, Book 1: Be Confident in Who You Are'' by Annie Fox, Illustrated by Matt Kindt
''Too Stressed to Think? A Teen Guide to Staying Sane When Life Makes You CRAZY'' by Annie Fox, M.Ed. and Ruth Kirschner