Jan Otter lives in the beautiful mountains of northeast Georgia with her husband. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to become a teacher. She attended the University of North Georgia where she earned a B.S. in elementary education in 1979 and later an M.Ed. in 1982 in middle grades education. She earned an Ed.S. from the University of Georgia in 1994 and a Ph.D. from Clemson University in 2000, both in educational leadership. She taught at the elementary and middle school levels for a total of 17 years. She left the classroom to became an administrator serving as an elementary assistant principal, elementary principal, and district level administrator in Habersham County Schools, Georgia, until her retirement in 2008. She now stays busy as an educational consultant, a dissertation chair/committee member at the University of Phoenix, and a grandmother to two precious grandchildren, Lily and Ben. Her research interests include STEM education, math education, literacy education, gifted education, educational technology, K-12 curriculum and instruction, K-12 leadership, public school funding, mentoring doctoral students, and teaching online. She especially enjoys coaching doctoral students and editing dissertations.