Timothy Bellavia (1971 - ) was born in Buffalo, New York. He earned his MFA from Pratt Institute and was a fellow of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and he is the author of several children's picture books, including the award-winning "We Are All the Same Inside." Over the past few decades, Bellavia has collaborated with several non-profit organizations including Sesame Workshop, Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation, and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. He was a recipient of Education Update's Outstanding Educator of the Year Award, and is now serving as an integral part of a five year research project to highlight the importance of integrating STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) topics into elementary school's curriculm. The research is funded through an Education Innovation Research (EIR) grant from the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). Bellavia is currently an assistant professor in the Childhood 1-6 General and Special Education program at the Graduate School of Education at Touro College and University System in New York City.

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My primary purpose as well as the "We Are All The Same Inside®" line of products is to help young learners understand tolerance and acceptance, while exploring the various aspects of diversity.
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