Joanne Winnie lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. She has taught for 40 years in public and private schools, besides homeschooling her three children. She has four grandchildren. She has stayed up to date in the education field through numerous training sessions. She has written two children's books: Alphabet Safari of East Africa, designed to help children learn their ABCs, and Helen Hyena, The Sound Changer, which covers digraphs and alliteration.
"We walked around the countryside of East Africa looking for Craig Crocodile , Paul Plover , Sally Skink , Tom Tortoise , and Willy Warthog to go along with Helen Hyena. This was so we could hear them say alliterations made of digraphs. The friends traveled during the day after Ed Eagle came from America.