Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead is a professor, speaker, bullying prevention advocate, and award-winning author of the bullying-prevention picture book Bucket Filling Fairy and children's play Have You Filled a Bucket Today? She holds an MFA in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BA in English/Education from LeMoyne College. She serves as Coordinator of Academic Affairs and Academic Advisor for the Honors College at VCU. She has been published in edutopia, Compact Impact, Team Bossy Gals, and Southern Theatre. She is a regular contributor for both Huffington Post and 30seconds.com. She is currently working on her second picture book.