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Dorothy Simkin Zahner Kraeft

Dorothy Simkin Zahner Kraeft was elementary school educator, school librarian. Certified teacher California, Arizona. Named Honorary Mention, Massachusetts State Poetry Society, 2009; recipient certified appreciation, Project Hope, 2005.


  • Kraeft, Dorothy Simkin Zahner Arrived in United States, 1931. Daughter of Robert Louis and Margaret Isadore (Timberlake) Simkin.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Sociology, Whittier College. Master of Library Science, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1952.


    • Teacher Los Angeles and Pasadena School, California, 1969-1993. Director, owner Betty Ingram School, North Hollywood, 1976-1979. Director Foothill Nursery School, La Crescenta, 1970s.

      Teacher Los Angeles Unified School District. Guest teacher Washington Unified School District, Phoenix, 1994-1997. Retired, 2002

      Guest teacher Osborn School District, 1998-2000, Madison School District, Phoenix, 1999-2001.

    Major achievements

    • Certified teacher California, Arizona.


    • Author: poems public in the United States, Europe and China.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Board directors Arizona Tenants Association, Phoenix, 1994, 95. Volunteer American Friends Service Committee, Philadelphia, California, 1985, Common Cause, Los Angeles, 1990, International Rescue Committee. Domestic violence volunteer, Phoenix, 1999-2000.

    Volunteer Democratic candidates, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tucson. Poll marshall Election Board, Phoenix. Member of Southwestern Authors, Society Southwestern Authors, Arizona State Poetry Society (president 2002-2003, chairman 2004), Alameda Writers Group, Phoenix Poetry Society (president 1998, anthology editorial company 2001, featured Tucson reader 2007, committee member, featured reader 2005, Poet of Year 2000, poetry awards 1995, 2000), American Association Retired Persons, Phoenix Writers Club (secretary 1998).



    Theater, films, music, swimming, reading.


    • Married Henry Zahner (div.). Children: Mary De Avilan, Robert Louis. Married Norman John Kraeft, May 28, 2005 (div.

      January 2007).
    • father: Robert Louis Simkin
    • mother: Margaret Isadore (Timberlake) Simkin
    • spouses: Henry Zahner
    • Norman John Kraeft
    • children: Mary De Avilan Kraeft
    • Robert Louis Kraeft
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    • 1952
      University Southern California
    • 1969 - 1993
      Teacher, Los Angeles and Pasadena School
      California, United States
    • 1976 - 1979
      North Hollywood, California, United States
    • 1994 - 1997
      guest teacher, Washington Unified School District
      Phoenix, Arizona, United States
    • 2002