Dr. Schimmels and his wife Mary have taught and lectured in many countries, most recently as a Cooperative Studies Distinguished Teaching Fellow at Zheijiang Normal University in Jinhua, China. He provided direction for an innovative curriculum reform project that is re-designing the way middle school teachers are trained in Zhejiang Province. Cliff was a professor of education at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, and previously taught for 17 years at Wheaton College in Illinois. Cliff has authored more than thirty books, both non-fiction and fiction. He has won the Mark Twain award for fiction twice for his Wheatheart Chronicles. He is a contributor to The 6th Chicken Soup for the Soul. Cliff was also much in demand as a popular speaker in North America and around the world. Mary assisted him at Lee University and joined him on his travels. Cliff and Mary have three children and four grandchildren. Cliff Schimmels passed away in 2001.