Vivian Gussin Paley

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Vivian Gussin Paley is an American kindergarten teacher and writer and has been our patron since the company began in 2002.

 Vivian received her B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1947 and her 
 MA from Hofstra University in 1962.  After obtaining  her MA, Vivian   returned to the University of Chicago, where she spent the rest of her   career.

In the 1980s she published a series of books that made her perhaps the best known kindergarten teacher in America and she still publishes today. At present Vivian has written and published 13 books.

Her book The Boy Who Would Be a Helicopter inspired Trisha Lee, MakeBelieve Arts Artistic Director, to pioneer Vivian's work in the UK under the name Helicopter Stories: Letting Imagination Fly.

Vivian has been the recipient of many awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (Genius Award), and in 2004 was named Outstanding Educator by the National Council of Teachers of English.

In recognition of Paley's profound impact on the field of early childhood education, the 92Y has created the annual 92Y Vivian Gussin Paley Award for Early Childhood Excellence. Beginning in 2011, this award will be given to a classroom teacher each year whose work exemplifies the highest standards of excellence and represents the values and vision that Vivian and the 92Y Wonderplay faculty share for early childhood educators. 

She is now retired from teaching.

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Michael Rosen

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MakeBelieve Arts welcomed Michael Rosen as our UK patron in 2012.

Michael Rosen was born in 1946 in North London. One of the best-known figures in the children's book world, he is renowned for his work as a poet, performer, broadcaster and scriptwriter. As an author and by selecting other writers’ works for anthologies he has been involved with over 140 books.

He lectures and teaches in universities on children’s literature, reading and writing and is a familiar voice to BBC listeners, currently presenting Word of Mouth, the magazine programme that looks at the English language and the way we use it.  From 2007 to 2009 Michael Rosen was the Children's Laureate. 

To read more about Michael visit his WEBSITE   

And his BLOG 

Michael currently has an ongoing series of “letters to” in the Guardian VISIT IT HERE

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Board of Trustees

Glenys Ingham (Chair - Retired Head Teacher, Beecroft Garden Primary School, Lewisham)
Debby Thacker (Retired Tutor at Gloucester University and children’s literature expert)
Tanvir Bush (Author, photographer and researcher. She has retinitis pigmentosa (R.P.) a degenerative eye condition probably better known to us as ‘Tunnel Vision’ and is a strong champion for equal rights for those with disabilities.) 
Pauline Lovering (EYFS lead for the RISE Trust which runs three Early Excellence Centres in Chippenham, Wiltshire.)
Lesley Ford (Early Years and KS1 leader.)