Dreams Really Do Come True
From the first time Connie Collins Morgan watched Dorothy dance down that yellow brick road, she was mesmerized. She, too, fantasized about a land “over the rainbow,” where anything is possible. Now decades later, Oz continues to resonate. As an author, a teacher, wife, and mother of four, “Over the Rainbow” has become a melodic reminder that “dreams really do come true.”
Born on February 5th, Connie grew up in a rich culture of French-speaking people in Lafayette, Louisiana, an area coursing with unique traditions and dialect. She lived minutes away from the Vermilion Bayou ─ a magical place that fueled her imagination with enchanting adventures. On the river, she battled fire-breathing gators lurking in the deep and climbed cypress trees laced in magical moss. She ruled every creature that slithered and crawled and towering oaks bowed in her presence. She was queen of the bayou.
Firmly rooted in Connie’s childhood was a deep passion for literature. That passion led her to a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. In May 2011, Connie graduated with an M.F.A. in Children’s Literature from Hollins University after completing her thesis, The Cajun I Am. Her children’s story, The Runaway Beignet, earned recognition at Hollins when selected as a finalist for the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Award.
Connie currently teaches school in Middletown, Maryland and has twenty-three years experience in the field of elementary education. She and her husband reside in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, in proximity to their four children.
Although Connie no longer lives in south Louisiana, her French heritage remains her constant companion. When reflecting back on her childhood, Connie believes . . . if the young girl who battled fire-breathing gators along the banks of the bayou could have peeked into the future, she would have smiled. While traveling down life’s yellow brick road, every time she dreamed of being an author, a teacher, wife and mother, she would have known for certain ─ “dreams really do come true.”