Mary Barr Goral, Ph.D., began her career in education over 30 years ago. After teaching in the public schools in Bloomington, IN for 11 years, she received both her masters and doctorate in curriculum studies and math education from Indiana University. Dr. Goral taught in higher education for 12 years and works with Public Waldorf schools, coaching and training teachers through her educational organization, Transformational Teaching. Dr. Goral originally published books and articles for her academic career. Author or the book “Transformational Teaching: Waldorf-inspired Methods in the Public School”, and over 10 peer-reviewed articles, Dr. Goral has turned her love for writing, children, and dogs into her first children’s book. Mother of five and grandmother of eight, Dr. Goral’s story of “Douglas the Traveling Dog” is based on the real-life adventures of her dog, Douglas.
Samantha Goral Maloney is a native of Milwaukee, though she has traveled and lived throughout the Midwest. Samantha first fell in love with the fine arts when she was a student at a Waldorf school and later a fine arts high school. She attended Indiana University – Bloomington for her undergraduate degree where she studied Art History. As she entered graduate school at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, she anticipated studying Medieval illuminated manuscripts, but switched gears to focus on museum studies with an emphasis on exhibition displays and visitor experiences. Samantha graduated in 2019 from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Department of Art History with a Master of Arts degree. Her water color paintings in the first of the Douglas books bring even more life and beauty to the pages.