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Author Bio

Sharon Leslie Gearhart grew up in the rolling hills of Southern Illinois where education, human virtue, and family roots were paramount. One of thirteen children, she attended a one-room school house for her first four elementary years and later graduated in a class of twelve from Alto Pass Community High School. Attending Southern Illinois University as an undergraduate and graduate student, she received a BS in Sec. Ed. in 1973 and an MS Ed. in 1982. With a two-year stint in the US Army as a second lieutenant in between her degrees, she then taught six years in rural (Gorham) Ilinois before moving west to teach on the Navajo Indian Reservation. There she taught second, sixth junior high, high school classes, and junior college classes during her twelve-year tenure.

While on the Reservation, she earned her certificate in teaching English as a Second Language (University of Phoenix, ’93) and took graduate courses from the University of Utah, Northern Arizona University and University of Southern Utah. She taught evening junior college classes for Northland Pioneer College, Navajo Community College, and the College of Eastern Utah before returning to the Anglo world. Seasons of the Enemies was written during her tenure as a remedial reading teacher at Monument Valley High School in Kayenta, Arizona. This book expresses her knowledge of and innate respect for the Dineh and their history.

She now resides in the Phoenix area along with her ten-year-old rescued blind Pekinese, Sophie, where she continues to write and serves as president of the Scots of the West Valley.