CHARLENE JASSIM graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul where she studied piano with Margaret Barthel Baxstresser. She also studied flute with Mary Roberts Wilson and Anton Winkler. After receiving her MA degree from the University of Minnesota, she taught Elementary and Middle School in Mound, Minnesota, for 32 years. Charlene has traveled extensively as the recipient of scholarships from the U.S.Fulbright Exchange Program, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Japanese organizations, National Geographic Alliance and the University of Minnesota Research Explorations program. Her hobbies are genealogy, reading, writing, and sewing. Charlene and her husband Al own a home in Fort Myers and spend their summers in Minnesota on beautiful Lake Minnetonka in the Minneapolis area.