Ann Beck was born in Grenada, Mississippi and grew up in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. Most of her career has been spent as an educator (admissions director, principal, counselor, teacher, and drama director) at US Department of State sponsored international schools in India, Hong Kong, South Africa, Paraguay and Sudan. Ann received degrees from Southern Illinois University (history), Columbia University (counseling), Harvard University, (policy, planning, and social policy). She completed her doctoral degree at American University in Washington in Educational Administration and is the founder and director of Delhi Community Players (international theater group in India). Her recently published memoir, Slue Foot-A Black Girl Grows Up in Midwest America, received a semifinalist in the 2021 Florida Writers’ Association Royal Palm Contest. She and her husband have been Club members since retiring and moving to Winter Park in 2018. She enjoys singing, writing, and serving the community.