Noelle Jack was born in Fife, Scotland where she spent the first eleven years of her life before immigrating to Canada. As an adult she sailed the lakes and rivers of Ontario, the New England coast, the Caribbean and the Bahamas, with her ex-Naval Officer husband and her cat McLeod.
During her career as a teacher and librarian in Toronto she developed a passion for children’s books. Soon it occurred that she would like to write too, often alongside her students, and together they encouraged one another along the road to authorship. The New Hampshire Writing Program with Donald Graves, Maureen Barbieri, Donald Murray and Ralph Fletcher in 1995 were hugely influential in furthering her writing career. Her book reviews subsequently appeared in professional journals for teachers of English.
Ms. Jack obtained her teaching qualifications in Montreal from McGill, her B.A. from Dalhousie in Nova Scotia and M.Ed. from OISE in Toronto. Throughout her career as elementary teacher, school librarian and teacher of the gifted she acted as curriculum leader and associate Teacher for the Faculty of Education at York University. She also served as Executive member and latterly President of an International Reading Association affiliate which presented annual Language Art Conferences for delegates across Canada and the USA and hosted speakers from Australia, New Zealand and the UK as well.
Since her retirement she has taken courses and workshops in writing for children with Sharon Jennings and Peter Carver. She has volunteered as a Silver Birch Awards leader bringing new Ontario- based writers to the attention and scrutiny of young readers and encouraging them to evaluate these writers and vote for their favorites.
She has completed two pre-teen novel manuscripts. She is currently living in Toronto with her husband. Shire Summer is her first published work.