Renay Intisar Jihad (B.A., M.Ed, C.A.G.S.) was born in New Haven, Connecticut where exposure to the arts was as natural as breathing. After attending college, in Springfield, MA, she taught English for thirty years. Serving as a literacy coach for eight years gave her the opportunity to work with new teachers, write curriculum, and share resources. She has written-on-demand since the early 90s, while seeking to address the needs and interests of her struggling readers. Renay is the recipient of two statewide honors. After she earned her National Board Certification she was also recognized by the National Alliance of Black School Educators (NABSE) as being one of only twenty black nationally certified English language arts teachers in the country at the time. A Fulbright-Hays scholarship enabled her to travel to Kenya and Tanzania. Other education-related travel opportunities such as visits to mainland China, Hong King, Egypt, Morocco, the Caribbean, and Thailand helped enhance her teaching and writing curriculum. A Michael Jordan Fundamentals grant enabled Mrs. Jihad to produce a book of children's poems entitled The Many Different Faces of Poetry. In the book, her sixth-grade students authored original poems inspired by personal experiences. In one of her latest publications, The Many Faces of Love, Jihad penned a poem for each of her one-hundred and ten students in honor of their respect, resilience, and tenacity during the last two years she taught them. She has written five books of poetry, three juvenile fiction novels, and educational curriculum. Renay is a frequent contributor to the Muslim Journal and a regular contributor to AF-AM Point of View. She shares free and down-loadable teaching and learning resources through her website, Look forward to reading other books as they become available on Amazon.com. Visit her Feature pages on Medium.com.