Trudy Knowles is an author, educator, public speaker, and workshop facilitator. She is recently retired from twenty-five years as a professor of education, first at Sinte Gleska University in Mission, South Dakota, and then for twenty-two years at Westfield State University in Westfield, MA. She attended Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Centre College in Danville, KY. She received her Masters Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and her Doctorate in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN.


Trudy is the author of What Every Middle School Teacher Should Know (now in its third edition)  and The Kids Behind the Label: An Inside Look at ADHD for Classroom Teachers (Heinemann Pub. Co).  She has consulted and presented workshops throughout the country on ADHD, arts integration, curriculum design, and ways to help students be successful in school by including them in the teaching/learning process.  In addition to her books, Trudy has authored numerous educational articles. Her educational research and writing focus on giving voice to students.


Trudy is currently writing novels and short stories. Memoir of a War Resister is a work of historical fiction that tells the story of one woman's journey through the violent unrest of the late 1960s. She has two other novels in process.

Trudy has self-published two books for her family. It's Been a Good Life  is a memoir of her mother and father. 51 Short Stories, 14 Essays, and 5 Poems of Mediocre Quality Written During the Lockdown of 2020 is a collection of writings created in four writing groups during the first seven months of lockdown due to Covid-19.


Trudy has five children living from coast to coast, three grandsons, and one granddaughter. She is an avid Boston Red Sox fan. Her work on peace and social justice issues is the passion of her life. Trudy’s motto comes from a bumper sticker she once saw in up-state New York. It read, “Dance with Reckless Abandon.”  She does.