A native of Illinois, Amelia Howell grew up in the Chicago suburbs and holds a degree in elementary education from Bradley University. Her teaching experience includes two years at a private kindergarten, three years as a public elementary school teacher, and the past eight years homeschooling her three daughters. Amelia first became interested in California history while teaching fourth grade in South Whittier. Since then, she has had the opportunity to teach it to each of her older two daughters, and looks forward to teaching it to a class again. Amelia discovered the Arbor two years ago and is thrilled to be counted among its teachers in this coming year.