Jeri Mills Jeri Mills is a retired educator has been an avid reader since early childhood. She did not pursue her dream of writing seriously until she was asked to read and critique a high school psychology textbook; "Invitation to Psychology" published by Scott Foresman and Company in 1981. As a high school teacher of Advanced Placement Psychology, many of her comments were accepted and used during the final editorial development process of the widely used textbook. This assignment sparked her interest in devoting more time to her dream of writing resulting in her works being published in local schools, state, and national publications. She was the featured columnist in the local Champion Newspaper and occasional guest columnist in several newspapers and local magazines in Georgia. Since retiring in 2003 and returning to her native East Texas, she has been able to devote more time to her passion to write creatively and research African American history. Currently Mills writes a weekly column for the Daily Sentinel in Nacogdoches. In 2014 Mills authoredAfrican Americans in Nacogdoches, published by Arcadia.