Betty Turnbull, Baroness of Bedrule, earned her degree in education from Rockford College, IL, USA in 1970. Together with her husband, Wally, she served in the mountains of Haiti as a missionary in education and self-help development from 1972-2002.
Lady Turnbull is an internationally acclaimed early childhood development educator. She has worked with avant-garde schools - those in the coal-mining towns of Appalachia and those in the developing nation of Haiti where she directed the development of the first rural preschool program. Today, hundreds of schools follow the model and curriculum she developed.
Lady Turnbull is passionate about the need for each child to develop a strong sense of belonging, and an understanding of self-worth. Because the allure of fantasy and virtual worlds is so strong, it is vital the help each child establish a strong foundational sense of personal identity, family and heritage.
Be setting her Papa and Billy series in the real past, she adds to them the dimensions of interesting history and a beginning understanding of heritage. Besides the positive impact of self-worth provided by her exciting characters, their colorful yet intimate settings develop an interest in the past and heritage providing strong roots for childhood development and adult happiness.
Having lived outside the United States for much of her adult life, Lady Turnbull appreciates even more the freedoms she grew up with and the things she used to take for granted. She wrote her book A Sergeant in the House as her way to give back and say thank you to the thousands of men and women who give of themselves to protect our daily freedoms.
The author and her husband currently reside in Durham, NC. They have three children. When she is not writing children's books, Lady Turnbull enjoys traveling, cooking, and reading but mostly just being Gramma.