W. Ray completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in speech pathology. She later received her doctorate degree in Child and Youth Studies. She worked in the public schools for 16 years in a variety of districts and states. She has been a speech-language pathologist for a very long time and has a real passion for working with children. She felt the need to write a book not only to support speech therapists in the public schools, but to also raise awareness of their position in hopes that they would be appreciated for what they do every day.