Bio for media:
Patricia Zaballos is a writer and reformed educator in Oakland, California. Forever obsessed with how people learn, her essays on the subject have appeared in Salon, Literary Mama, Life Learning Magazine, Mothering Magazine, and home/school/life magazine, where she wrote a column for several years. A former third-grade teacher, she went on to homeschool with her three now-grown children for twenty years, the experience making her a fierce advocate for learner-guided education. She is currently at work on a collection of essays about those years, which is not so much a homeschooling story but an impassioned plea for agency in the lives of all children.