Emily Skelding is a part-time writer and full-on mother of four, ages 4, 7, 16, and 19. Her essays have appeared in Hip Mama and Mockingbird. She is writing a memoir tracing how her strident ideas about education and parenting unraveled during a decade of teaching and mothering in post-Katrina New Orleans. Her family recently moved from New Orleans to Salem, Oregon. A former middle school teacher, she spills her family’s secrets on stage at story slams.