Monica Filippone Sechrist is a high school English teacher, theater teacher, gifted program coordinator, and fall play director in Pittsburgh, Pa. She loves to travel, read, act, and direct. Sechrist earned a B.S. in secondary education English from Duquesne University, an M.S. in educational leadership from The University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in instructional management and leadership from Robert Morris University. Sechrist resides in Pittsburgh with her husband Jake.