Meet the Authors

Shira Levy Headshot_1Shira R. Levy, NCSP, MAPP, is a school psychologist, parent, coach, and positive psychology practitioner. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College, Master of Psychology from Towson University, and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania. Shira brings positive psychology, positive education, and Appreciative Inquiry to students and her clients, helping to create a flourishing community. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, with her husband and two young children.

Marge Schiller, PhD

Marjorie R. Schiller, PhD, is passionate about intergenerational learning partners: connecting wise eyes and fresh eyes. She is a thought leader in Appreciative Inquiry and its application for schools and communities. Marge is the author of many book chapters and articles, and the co-author of Appreciative Leaders: In the Eye of the Beholder. She holds a Master of Arts degree in organizational development from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education and a PhD in Learning Environments for Management and Public Policy. Marge is the founder of the Positive Change Core, a non-profit organization that supports strength focused approaches for schools and youth. PCC invites others to join in accelerating positive approaches to learning.


Sarah Schiller is an 8th grader at Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, MA. She loves music, literature, history, and art. Stan and the Four Fantastic Powers is Sarah’s first book, and she’s incredibly grateful for this experience and for how much she has learned in the process. Sarah is looking forward to high school and future journeys in Appreciative Inquiry and Positive Education.


Max Schiller is an 8th grader enrolled in Wellesley Middle School in Wellesley, MA. He enjoys video games, the trumpet, rock climbing, and reading. Max is an optimistic teen who has been working on the book with his twin sister Sarah and his grandma since 4th grade.


Stefanie Rudolph is an artist and entrepreneur. As an artist, her preferred media is colored pencil and pen, but she also works with acrylic and oil paint, oil pastels, decoupage, and wire art. Mainly self-taught, she studied at the Creative Arts Program at West Virginia University. Her work has been displayed at art festivals and at standing solo galleries in Baltimore. Stefanie’s art has been sold up and down the east coast, in addition to her creative advertisements and murals made for children’s spaces and commercial businesses. She currently resides in Baltimore, helping her dad run the family business, while working on personal projects.