Susan L. Krueger
An Arizona-based teacher for 32 years, Susan L. Krueger, Ed.D., earned her undergraduate, Master's and Doctorate degrees from Northern Arizona University. She taught first-grade students in Holbrook, elementary and junior high remedial readers in Flagstaff and elementary remedial readers in the Cartwright District in Phoenix. She also taught adults at Chapman University and Arizona State University West.
Though she officially "retired" in 2000, Krueger works now as much as she ever has. She joined the Phoenix Art Museum docent program and is currently their research chair. In addition, Krueger gives many slide show talks on art-related topics around the Valley of the Sun. She also writes research papers on art objects for use by museum docents.
Krueger became interested in Addie Slaughter's story when her writers' group visited the Slaughter Ranch outside Douglas, Ariz. While there, Arizona Culturekeeper Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud, the John H. Slaughter Ranch historian, presented a slide show and discussed the adventures of the Slaughter family and the Slaughter Ranch. Krueger immediately realized what a wonderful children's book the information would make. After much research and hours of collaboration with Dr. Grandrud on the historical legacy of the Slaughters, Krueger wrote Addie Slaughter: The Girl Who Met Geronimo, which is being published by Five Star Publications.
When she's not writing papers or working on a book, Krueger travels to feed her hunger for cultural and historical enrichment, as well as for the pure pleasure of experiencing new horizons.
Born in Northern Calif., Krueger now lives in Phoenix, Ariz.
Dr. Reba Wells Grandrud
Arizona Culture Keeper Reba Wells Grandrud, Ph.D., earned an undergraduate degree in education, and graduate degrees in Southwest History and History of the American West from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque before moving to Arizona in 1982.
While working in 1983 as a research historian/writer for Gerald A. Doyle & Associates, a Phoenix architectural firm known for its historic preservation projects, Grandrud became aware of John H. Slaughter's San Bernardino Ranch in southeastern Cochise County. Although she's worn many historically inclined hats since then, she has continued her involvement with the ranch through today.
The resume of prestigious positions that Grandrud, a "Roads Scholar" (speaker) with the Arizona Humanities Council AzHC, has held include: Chief Curator/Assistant Director for Central AZ Division/Arizona Historical Society (AHS), Research Historian for Yuma Crossing Foundation, the first Heritage Fund Planner for Arizona State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), and SHPO Historian and Coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places. As a volunteer, she helped revive Arizona Historical Society's oral history program in the mid-1980s, and was a leader in the successful movement to resurrect the AZ Women's Hall of Fame program in 2002. Although retired in 1998, Grandrud spent 2000-2002 as director of the Arizona Historical Society Museum, Tempe, Arizona. In 2003, Grandrud and Arizona State Historic Preservation Officer Jim Garrison formed the Inventory of Arizona Historic Cemeteries Working Group, county volunteers who are compiling a 2012 Centennial Legacy Project, a comprehensive inventory of every historic burial site in Arizona.
Today, Grandrud continues to work as a historical consultant and active volunteer in leadership positions or as a board member for a wide range of nonprofits including Partnership for National Trails System, Anza Trail Foundation, Old Spanish Trail Association, Arizona State Committee of Trails, Arizona History Convention, Pioneers' Cemetery Association, Phoenix Corral of Westerners, and Sunnyslope Historical Society – in addition to co-authoring Addie Slaughter The Girl Who Met Geronimo.
Curriculum Guide Creator
The curriculum guide was written by Jean Kilker, M.A. (English), M.Ed. (Technology), National Board Certification, who has taught language arts, reading and science.
Currently, she is a teacher-librarian and former Follett Librarian of the Year. She is a member of the Public Library Advisory Board and co-chair of the State Teacher-Librarian Organization. She also teaches and writes curriculum at the university level for continuing teacher education in ESL, elementary language arts, reading and librarianship.
In addition, Kilker has received grants and awards that benefit the students where she teaches. A native of Phoenix, Ariz., she and her husband live in Litchfield Park, Ariz., and keep in touch with their three world-traveling children.