H. J. Arrington has been involved in education since she began tutoring at the age of fifteen. She particularly enjoys sharing the joy of literature and language. An accomplished storyteller and dramatic reader, Arrington says her books “evolved from the telling of one of my favorite and most requested tales.” She has been a storytelling committee member on the National Council of Teachers of English since 1997 and provides workshops and lectures on storytelling, integrated language arts, and effective instructional strategies.
Arrington received her BS in elementary education from Virginia State University, MA in reading education from Ohio State University, and PhD in instructional research and development from Purdue University. She is an associate professor of education at Andrew College in Cuthbert, Georgia. Previously, she served as academic dean at Paul D. Camp Community College in Franklin, Virginia, as well as a literacy coordinator with Newport News Public Schools. She is a member of the International Reading Association, National Middle School Association, National Council of Teachers of English, and Kentucky Reading Association.
Arrington frequently makes national, state, and local presentations in the areas of storytelling. In her free time, she enjoys storytelling, reading, and playing with her miniature pinscher, Bear.