JOHN FIORAVANTI, AUTHOR
John Fioravanti retired after thirty-five years in the classroom –– a rich career based in two schools in the Waterloo Catholic District School Board: St. Benedict Catholic Secondary, and St. David Catholic Secondary.
It was at the latter school that John taught Iceberg partner and author Kenneth Tam both history and English, fostering a love of those subjects that set Kenneth on the course both to his degrees and his future writing pursuits.
In 2007, after writing several successful handbooks for students in the subject of history, John worked with Iceberg on A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching, a reflection of the lessons he had learned across the span of his career. He republished it under the Fiora Books imprint in 2014.
The book remains a favourite among teachers and students alike, and in 2008, secured a IPPY Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
John continues to pursue his passion for writing, with his next aim being a new non-fiction title based on his popular blog series, MY INSPIRATION. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario, with his wife and business partner, Anne.
Listen to John being interviewed as a guest on “Bring On The Spotlight” by Guest-Host, Beem Weeks!
JUDY KROETSCH, EDITOR
Judy Kroetsch, a native of Kitchener-Waterloo, has two children and four grandchildren, and lives with her husband in rural St. Clements. She attended University of Waterloo in Honours French and Math. Her first career as a flight attendant with Air Canada spanned ten years, ending with the birth of her son. Once her children were in school, she returned to the work force, first in retail sales then, a few years later, in bookkeeping for the condominiums managed by M. Lang Realty. After twenty years, she retired only to return in the roles of Finance, Reception, Shipping (to only name a few) for her son’s startup company, Aeryon Labs Inc.
Judy’s experience in the literary field began while at university, doing research for a couple of books being written by one of the History professors. The first one, published in 1980, involved travelling to Rome to do translations, from French to English, of letters written in the 1800s. Her contribution to the second book involved several years of research in local archives, as well those in Peterborough and Kentucky. She was also the author of an article, published in The Chesterton Review in 1986. Her dabbling in the literary field led to her present position as Editor at Fiora Books with three books to her credit.