Annette Pérez was born in New York City to a family of Puerto Rican origin. Annette was diagnosed with hydrocephalus as an infant. Growing up with this disability was not easy. Her childhood was filled with constant challenges, including learning how to tie her shoelaces one-handed. However, she considers herself among the “lucky ones” since she can function and live a “normal” life. Annette graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College (City University of New York) with an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from York College. She continues to write in her spare time, with the goal of showing others that nothing is impossible,(obviously, her brain did not float away!) She lives in New York City.
United Federation of Teachers Outstanding Paraprofessional Awards, April 2010
Cuéntame un cuento/ Tell Me a Story: Annette and Mario Read at York College, May 2009
“My Brain Won’t Float Away” author to appear in popular morning show Despierta America (Univision), January 2008
Interview with Author Annette Pérez