Carol earned her B.A. in music from UCLA and became a successful freelance orchestral violinist and chamber musician in New York City. She earned Masters degrees in Education and Special Education from Bank Street College and worked with infants and toddlers from 1992 to 2010. She was Head teacher at Rockefeller University’s Child and Family Center and Barnard’s Toddler Development Center, and worked as a Special Educator employed by Y.A.I. and Theracare. She continues to perform classical music in NYC and teaches violin and piano to kids and grownups of all ages and abilities.
Putting her eclectic background to good use, Rhona wears many hats throughout the course of any given day. She studied psychology and theatre at Brandeis University and holds a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. After practicing immigration law, primarily representing asylum seekers, she returned to her first loves, writing and theatre. Rhona is the co-author of Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated (Faber and Faber, 2002) and has taught theatre to all age groups from tots to adults, currently coaching actors in Shakespeare. She has taught at Columbia University Teachers College and wrote ‘wichcraft: craft a sandwich into a meal–and a meal into a sandwich with chefs Tom Colicchio and Sisha Ortuzar (Clarkson Potter, 2009). She is also a freelance writer and editor, a consultant for families of children and teens with learning differences and special needs, a tutor, and a smitten parent and step-parent.