Erika V. Shearin Karres, EdD is an award-winning educator, speaker, and author. She taught in the public schools of North Carolina and on the college level as an assistant professor for thirty-five years. "Dr. Erika" received a BA in education, a MEd, and an EdD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of the first edition of Mean Chicks, Cliques, and Dirty Tricks; Violence Proof Your Kids Now; Crushes, Flirts, and Friends; Fab Friends and Best Buds; The Everything Parents' Guide to Raising Girls; and the memoir A German Tale: A Girl Surviving Hitler's Legacy. Her latest book is 121 Strategies for Bully Proofing Your School.