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Zachary Hamby is an author, illustrator, and (most importantly) teacher who lives in southwest Missouri.  He is the author of several educational books, which include the Trickle Down, Olympus series and the Mythology for Teens series.   Original illustrations by Zak appear in Mythology for Teens and on this website (see banner above).  The development of these materials stemmed from Zak's own teaching career.  When given the job of teaching a semester-long Mythology course to junior and senior students, Zak discovered that there aren't many resources available.  After attempting to teach the course with the required text, Edith Hamilton's Mythology, Zak decided to write the stories in his own voice and using the students' voices to bring the stories to life.  The result was transformational.
Now several years later Zak still uses his own materials to teach Mythology at Nixa High School, where he is employed as a Communication Arts teacher.  He also travels around his home-state and across the country to present on the topic of Reader's Theater in the Secondary Classroom.  This past November he presented at the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) conference in Philadelphia, PA.  He is currently working on a sequel to his Mythology for Teens book for Prufrock Press.  All in all, he still considers his greatest accomplishment to be his young son, Luke.  
Zak designed this website as a resource for teachers who teach mythology.  Although this website does sell Zak's books, it also has many freebies available, including Reader's Theater scripts, puzzles, and games covering a variety of mythologies.  As the website grows, please check back for even more materials, and thanks for visiting MythologyTeacher.com!


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