Lori Jordan-Rice is a former elementary school teacher who taught in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area school districts for 10 years. She has classroom experience ranging from the kindergarten through sixth grade levels. Jordan-Rice graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Texas with a bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies/elementary education and received several Lifetime Texas Teacher Certificates including Elementary Self Contained, Elementary Reading, and Early Childhood.
Disappointed by the historical illiteracy rate among American children today, Jordan-Rice was determined to provide a resource to help kids learn the fundamentals of U.S. history in an exciting and engaging way. She has always loved to write, and has had the idea for a children's history series since college. When her third son was about three, she finally made the time for putting her story line into words.
Her children's book series "Miss Trimble's Trapdoor" is an imaginative new series featuring a classroom full of memorable modern day characters alongside historical figures such as the pilgrims, the founding fathers of the United States, and of course, Christopher Columbus.
Jordan-Rice based the main character Tyler loosely around her own oldest son who is a bit shy, and looked to all the students she has taught over the years as models for other characters with whom all kids could identify. Miss Trimble's classroom has a bully, a class clown, and a teacher's pet.
As an animal lover, Lori Jordan-Rice modeled the wise talking dog, Barnabas Bailey, after a beloved pet family pet. Barney the real beagle/terrier mix has since passed away, but lives on in the pages of the “Miss Trimble’s Trapdoor” books to teach children history and life lessons!
Jordan-Rice currently resides near Fort Worth in Saginaw, Texas, with her husband Eric, three sons, Jarrett, Rylan, and Sterling, and four rescued dogs. She is an active member of the PTA and PTO in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD and attends First Baptist Church of Saginaw
Lori Jordan-Rice explains the whole concept of the books on The Children's Author Show.