Distance Learning with Peggy Dickerson

Book a lesson to keep kids learning!

We’re excited to let you know that the author, illustrator, and publisher of Moonglow are presenting distance learning programs for groups up to 100.  Kids will learn natural history as well as the book publishing process. They’ll see the behind-the-scenes use of software tools and watch videos created for the book. 

Our online teaching covers:

Peggy Dickerson headshot
  • Making the book ~ from an idea to publication.
  • That critical first sentence that led to a manuscript that needed an artist. In a virtual classroom, Author and illustrator will show how they collaborated.
  • Peggy’s vision of a forest filled with animals doing fun things were enough to fire an illustrator’s imagination. Cynthia’s career and her digital technique is explained in a short video. Our online class is open for questions and feedback loops after the session!
  • Peggy, with 30 years of teaching will show children the magic of creative writing as well as the science in the appendixes at the back of the book.
  • Kids learn about following a process. They’ll see that something can only be achieved with determination and vision. The important message is: never give up!
  • The book’s unique blend of non-fiction and fantasy lends itself to most grade levels. The presentation, from one hour to a full day, can be simplified for the lower grades (K-2) or aligned with the standards for the upper grades (3-5).
  • Each video conference teaching session is customized and priced for your group. We’ll work something out for you!
  • Click the button below and let’s start a conversation!

Peggy Dickerson

Peggy Dickerson was born on the North Fork of Long Island. Her passion and expertise in the natural world is a result of a childhood immersed in nature and inspired by her legendary father, Paul Stoutenburgh. This led her to pursue a career in teaching. She taught at the Cutchogue East Elementary School for thirty years. During her years of teaching, she developed a variety of curriculums that highlighted the local environment, teaching children about the local flora and fauna and the variety of habitats on the east end of Long Island. Her article, “Living Off the Land” that was published in the journal, Science and Children, describes how to integrate local natural history into the school syllabus. Peggy was elected as a Southold Town Trustee—a government position to approve shoreline development with the specific mandate to preserve the shorelines. Peggy has taught undergraduate education students for Long Island University at Suffolk Community College in Riverhead, NY. She and her husband Bob have two children and five grandchildren. Her love of nature continues to be passed on as she teaches the same respect and awe of nature to the next generation of children.

Geoffrey Wells

Geoffrey Wells lives Southold, NY where he ran for Trustee in 2013, losing by a small margin. (Trustees are charged with managing the town's waterways and coastal areas.) He and his wife farm oysters with the Cornell Cooperative Extension. He participates in triathlons and swims the open water of Peconic Bay. He has videotaped the last five seasons of Long Island Grown, a farm-to-table series for the Peconic Land Trust. Prior to moving to the North Fork, he worked for a major broadcaster as Chief Information Officer. He is the publisher and designer of Moonglow and has written three novels. Visit his website: https://geoffreywellsfiction.com/

Cynthia Wells

Cynthia Wells studied at California Institute of the Arts and is an internationally exhibited artist and animation filmmaker. Wells was nominated for her film, “Interview with Talullah, Queen of the Universe”, for two Annie Awards: outstanding achievement in animation and achievement in a short film. Her second film, “The Shadow of Doubt” won six awards and played in 26 film festivals. Wells has worked as supervising animator on “Once Upon A Forest” (20th Century Fox), and “The Thief and the Cobbler” (Miramax). She has credits in over ninety films and commercials. Her print illustration credits include Pepperdine University, LA Weekly and the Malibu Times. Her paintings have been exhibited in San Francisco, Ottawa and Los Angeles. Her recent work includes commissioned portraits and fine art prints. She regularly donates her work to the Peconic Land Trust.

~ Presenters ~

Peggy Dickerson


Geoffrey Wells headshot

Geoffrey Wells

Publisher and Designer

Cynthia Wells


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