Michele Somerville is the mother of three adolescent children, a writer and an educator. She has 15 years of teaching experience in NY (elementary, middle, secondary and university) schools. The author of two books of verse, WISEGAL and Black Irish. She has published verse in numerous journals. Her reflections on religion have appeared in the New York Times and her essays on books, religion, education and politics are reposted regularly on Huffington Post. Her book of essays, "Catholic Under Protest" and a second printing of her book-length poem WISEGAL are will be published in 2012. At present, her educational efforts include work as an activist/educator with at risk students; private tutoring of students of all ages and levels in Language Arts, reading comprehension and writing; and writing "Bored of Ed" a memoir of her experiences in/with the New York City public school system.