LuAnn Cooley, Ph.D.

Location: Shenandoah Valley


Professional info

Life changes. Circumstances change. People change. Careers should change, but your life's work may never change. I've been fortunate enough to teach for most of my professional life. This has brought me into contact with thousands of amazing people and given me millions of sacred experiences. It was with great trepidation that I left the classroom to work on the Foundation. But then, it was a change whose time had come to leave the Foundation and devote my time to becoming an indie author entrepreneur. The common thread through these opportunities has been my sincere and intense desire to serve, and that has never changed.


  • Spanish at random, inexplicable moments

  • French in my sleep & on good days

Work experience
Indie Author Activist-Educator Entreprenuer

Writing fiction eco-boomer romance novels, non-fiction environmental impact on learning books, blogs, and essays, inspirational support books, blogs, and essays; photographing the world of nature around me; and contirubting in a small way through service projects like Little Suzie Homesteader, a resource for a living with MCS, and blogging at and

Executive Director, Foundation for Art, Life & Science

The mission of the Foundation for Art, Life, & Science was to provide funding, consulting services, educational opportunities and information on the symbiotic relationship between art, life and science. Our project was a pre-school garden with edible, herb, and pollinator areas, a music garden, and a natural playscape with sandbox.


Owner, Providence Performance Technologies

Conducted classroom training, organizational development, curriculum development and instructional design with the following companies:


AFLAC                               Alllen Bradley                               Alliance Carpet

Behr                                 Castleberry                                Cat Logistics

CertainTeed                    Cooper Lighting                         FIAMM

Haverty's                         Johns Manville                         Kellogg

MasterFoods                   Meriel                                        Mountain Top

Neaton                            Pirelli                                          Purification Cellutions

Rockwell                         St. Gobaine                                 STI Knowledge

Suntory                           Trane                                



Instructor, Teacher Education, Department of Social Science, Georgia Perimeter College

Foundation of Education classes on-campus & on-line for over 130 students per semester.


Teacher,  Early Childhood Education, Rockdale Career Academy, Rockdale Public Schools 

Introduction to Early Childhood Education classes for over 60 students.


Instructor, Women’s Studies, Institute of Women’s Studies, University of Georgia

Introduction to Women Studies class for 20 students.


Regional Professional Development Specialist, Office of Thrift Services

Career Development Instruction and Coaching for regional staff.


Regional Technology Training Coordinator, Department of Housing and Urban Development

Computer-related training development, coordination & instruction for regional staff of 1500.

Happy Places
  • Educating, Training, Teaching,  (yep, they're different)

  • Writing

  • Photography

  • Homesteading: gardening, food preservation, vermiculture, composting, and other fun, sustainable activites that I hope reduces my impact on the earth, etc.

  • Researching, which looks a lot like playing on the Internet & flipping through tons of books, but is really filling the well.

Professional Development

On-going and filled with workshops on writing & herbalism; food preservation & permaculture; social media & literary marketing; women & agriculture, income generation, medicines of the earth, & the business and art of writing.

Personal exploration will include developing a home apothecary, teas, tinctures, and decoctions; creams, lotions, and soapmaking; mushroom cultivation, fermentation, beekeeping, chicken-tending, and master gardening. Refreshing my French and dabbling in Spanish.

Academic History


Ph.D. , Education, University of Georgia, Department of Adult Education. 


M.S.I.T, Education, Georgia State University, Department of Instruction Technology.


B. A., History, Georgia State University.



Little Suzie Homesteader website is a free resource of strategies, websites, media & more, plus a blog and reviews for creating a more positive lifestyle for those challenged by MCS.


Master Gardener

The CSVMGA is a diverse group of volunteers who enjoy learning and sharing information about best gardening and conservation practices.

2010 - present

2010 - present