As a family-oriented, working mother of two, Kathy Rainey Bussmann believes powerful bonds make families successful. Bussmann was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where she attended John Burroughs School. She majored in Food and Nutrition at Iowa State University, and received her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Missouri, which provided her with the strong academic background necessary to tackle the transcription, narration, and research for her book, The Uncommon English Teacher and the Forgotten Doughboy. The discovery of her paternal grandparent’s diaries and letters from over 100 years ago painted authentic pictures of their unique personalities and helped Kathy to intimately experience what their lives were like during this time period, including women’s right to vote, World War I, and the Great Depression. Kathy’s research into her families’ genealogy took a surprising turn when she found out that her genetics, specifically a stem cell transplant from her younger sister, would save her own life. Throughout the book, her family members’ strong spirits of hope and faith during their own difficult times posthumously guided Kathy through her personal battle. It is the author’s wish that this book will bring peace, knowledge, joy, and hope to all readers.