Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad)

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Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad a.k.a SissyMarySue has her Doctorate in Education and an MA in Human Development. 

All youth should be represented in the books they read, in media and technology. They deserve to be fully represented and empowered. I focus on literacy, language development, reading readiness, social-emotional growth (especially EMPATHY & UNITY), critical thinking and global themes. I provide virtual author interactions, in person readings speeches and teacher training.  I am encouraged to have wonderful collaborations. My books are endorsed by Cheetah Conservation Fund, International Elephant Foundation and H2O For Life. 

AWARD WINNING (Globally Mindful, MOM'S CHOICE) & FIVE STAR "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" has a critical thinking page-with the suggestion to teach it using drama/play for learning with examples. A page is devoted to the Barabaig Tribe's culture too. Conservation and Clean water are offered as ways to apply empathy. I taught from this book long before it was published since I sought to make certain the concepts and ideas were effective with students. It provided best practices to share with educators in how to maximize the learning potential of the book, 

MOM'S CHOICE AWARDED, FIVE STAR- "EMPATHY AIRLINES-Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" Book #2  (Black female pilot and Asian male co-pilot). This is a NEW PROGRAM!

Next will come book #3 "Tristy Sparkles" (Black female teacher & beautifully diverse/inclusive classroom). Books #2 and #3 illustrated by Minneapolis College of Art and Design interns. 
Book #4 Dunnigan Bower is in the illustration phase of development.
 (a beloved Black male teacher, with a beautifully diverse/inclusive classroom). It is again being illustrated by a Minneapolis College of Art and Design intern.

I am an Author, with an Ed.D (Doctorate in Education) in Leadership for Change with a concentration in Media, Technology and Innovation. I am a Marie Fielding Fellow, lifelong Minnesota educator, lyricist, and playwright. I utilize a variety of modalities to encourage social and ecological justice through story, by the exposure to empathy and Multiculturalism.  I was blown away by the talent and dedication (this was focus on cause- clean water!) of the young people in the first production of "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" as a MUSICAL PLAY November 2018.  It was Directed by Carrie Carlson- with Children's' Performing Arts Hanifl Performing Arts Center-White Bear Lake, Minnesota.. The second production was April 2019 by the same team to support Birch Lake Elementary Grant they received. 40 3rd -5th graders, in the cast as compared to the cast of 20, 5-15 year old's previously, were also tremendous! We have an Album out of songs from books/plays!  Info on home 

I originated a play/drama for learning technique in my previous education business- Jelly Beans Creative Learning. I apply my experience in having trained teachers. I developed my knowledge base from having taught multi-city programming and provided in school projects. I was an Adjunct Faculty for the Graduate School of Education- Hamline University with my technique. Foreign language & diversity are still a focus. I share messages of our connection as the human family, our world community. 

AWARD WINNING (Globally Mindful) & FIVE STAR "Jelly Beans the 





Programs by Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad)

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Bullying is explored through an understanding of empathy, connection and the need to belong. Award Winning- Five Star author SissyMarySue empowers youth through the tale of the bullied cheetah who triumphed through the empathy of others in "Jelly...


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Cheetah facts are taught through story and characters. Cheetah Conservation Fund and Author SissyMarySue teamed up to spread the message about the endangered cheetah in Award Winning "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope." Each features the others...


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The need for clean water is a national and global concern. Students learn about a clean water project created for the Barabaig Tribe In Tanzania, Africa.. AWARD Winning (GLOBALLY MINDFUL) "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope" by SissyMarySue is set...


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Play EMPATHY AIRLINES-Girls & Boys can be PILOTS!

NEW PROGRAM!! "SissyMarySue has done it again!" declares Patty Hall Founder of H2O For Life. When they met, in Tanzania, Africa, Hope, a sad girl and Jelly Beans a captured cheetah, began a lifelong friendship through mutual caring. The power of...


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Play the EMPATHY Story “Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope”

SissyMarySue author of Award Winning (Globally Mindful) and five star rated book about empathy "Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope” offers a reading and discussion.


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Writing Lyrics (Empathy) K-2, 3-4, 5-6 Grades,


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Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad
1130 Riverside Drive Se
St. Cloud Minnesota 56304
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of Author SissyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser-Tingblad) cover:

Fine Arts
Foreign/World Languages
Health/Physical Education
Language Arts/English
Performing Arts
Problem Based Learning
Problem Solving
Social Studies/History

Awards, Quotes, Testimonials

"SissyMarySue's passion and devotion to educating and inspiring youth to develop and use their empathy skills is positively infectious. I believe that this has been the magic elixir that helped her draw in both the people and resources she needed to launch her children's book. SissyMarySue embodies the qualities she seeks to encourage in youth through the vehicle of her books-empathy, commitment to community and largeness of heart!"
Lee Truer M.A. Former Adviser, St. Mary's University

SIssyMarySue (Dr. Wendy Muhlhauser) is an intellect who happens to be an advocate. Her qualities of expertise come not just from experience as a creative, prolific and unique author of children's books but also from her scholarship and systemic analysis of such issues as the role of art, literature and music in social justice. She interacts well with persons of diverse racial, ethnic, gender, religious and personality backgrounds. This skill is essential to the successful achievement of her proposed scholarship and professional work. I enthusiastically recommend her and am prepared to do anything (pro bono) and otherwise to further her work to support this dynamic soul, mind and advocate. 
Dr. Lenneal Henderson- Professor, Fielding Graduate University 

"SissyMarySue has a passion for education, learning and young people. She has an excellent understanding of how to positively motivate and challenge teachers to enhance student learning. She is constantly working to improve her skills and maximize her talent. SissyMarySue is an innovator. She connects with people of all ages. She is respected by parents, educators and community members. She blends her creativity with her insightful views on life and her work ethic to generate products and solutions that advance learning and life. Her children's book is just one example of her success."  Dr. Ric Dressen- Former Superintendent Edina Public Schools

Jelly Beans the Cheetah and Hope is a beautiful book that grew out of the author's experience as a Rotary Safe Water & Sanitation Volunteer among the Barabaig Tribe in Tanzania, East Africa. A tender experience that recounts relationships - friends, family, and ties to the animal kingdom - in poetic form. The author has produced a beautifully written and illustrated book with the help of students whom she taught and mentored. The product of selfless compassion and love, this book can be used academically or as a good personal read for young and old.  
Dr. Sandy Schley-Former President & District Governor, Rotary International