Gina Jones, coauthor of Sacred Self, Sacred Relationships is a grandmother, mother, wife, teacher, writer, and artist. Gina currently teaches middle school language arts and social studies in Green Bay, Wisconsin. She holds a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree focusing on the Creative Arts in Learning. Gina is of mixed heritage, including European and Mohawk ancestry.
Beginning in 1996, Gina has facilitated gatherings for women focusing on personal development and celebration. Connecting with her Indian ancestry, Gina is an annual presenter at Abinooji-aki's Celebration of Women on the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Reservation in northwestern Wisconsin, and has presented at The American Club in Koller, Wisconsin and Cambridge University in England. Coauthor of The Healing Blanket, Listen to the Drum, The Healing Drum, and Earth Dance Drum, Gina has joined respected Ojibwa teachers, including her husband Blackwolf, to communicate traditional healing and hope to a world in need.
Gina loves to teach. She has received the 1998 Wisconsin Kohl Fellowship Award for Educators, nominated for Whose Who Among America's Teachers, developed an extensive curriculum unit for CESA 6, and presented Writing Workshops for educators in the state of Wisconsin. Future plans include publication of young adult literature and additional resources for educators.
As an artist, Gina enjoys drawing, music, drama, storytelling, and writing. Her poetry has been featured in the anthology Unsilenced: The Spirit of Women and her writing includes both fiction and non-fiction. She continues to sing at occasional weddings and plays guitar. She has directed middle school musicals and integrates all the arts into her teaching and writing.
Gina's hope is to leave a legacy of love, both through her creative endeavors and in her personal relationships with family and friends.