In 2016, I traveled to visit my mom in Ecuador, where she had settled for a new chapter in her life. She was teaching English at the time and, in typical Judy fashion, took it upon herself to write her own alphabet book to engage her students. She really wanted to get the book edited, illustrated, and printed. I tried to help her, but the project never came to fruition.

Sadly, Teacher Judy passed away from cancer in 2019, and as I made my way to Ecuador to seek closure, I remembered my mother’s book that she did not complete.

I knew immediately that I had to finish it for her.

Upon returning to the United States,
I called my cousin, Ryan Scott Tandy, and asked for his help to create a children’s book inspired by his aunt. He accepted my offer and was with me every step of the way, for which myself, and the quality of the book, are grateful.

When you open “Journey from A to Z,” know that it has captured my mother’s essence—a fiercely independent woman who was caring, funny, and energetic. And when you read this book to children, know that you are sharing that magic of Teacher Judy with them.

For that, I am forever thankful.