Growing Up GREATful
About the Author
Claire Saeli May, the author of the rhymed stories, Santa’s Fairy Helpers and
The Responsibilitree, grew up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY. She is the youngest
of seven children and spent many evenings playing rhyming games with her mom
and sisters while drying the dishes. “This,” says Claire, “is where my love of rhyming began.”
From an early age, Claire knew that being a wife, mom and teacher was her future.
By 1988 she was well on her way, as she was married, teaching, and a new mom
to her son, Eric. She has two other children, Brigit and Alex, and happily lives with
her husband Joe and dog Sasha in the suburbs of Buffalo. Today she is a 6th
grade teacher in Williamsville, NY.
Claire earned an undergraduate degree from SUNY at Geneseo, NY, and has a master's degree in education from Buffalo State College.