Andrea Vander Pluym is the author of What Should I Do?, an advice book for preteen girls, as well as author of a social activism book for Girl Scouts of America. Her articles and columns have appeared in Teen, Planet Girl, Shape, Variety, Los Angeles View, and other publications. After struggling with the messages mainstream teen media was giving to girls, Andrea dedicated herself to supporting girls in getting honest and real advice about their bodies, minds, and futures. In 1999, she joined ChickClick, where she launched new content including teen essays and fiction and oversaw daily production as managing editor. Andrea has also lectured on writing for teens at national conferences, including those hosted by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has volunteered as an assistant instructor for teen self-defense workshops, and mentor at Bay Area Teen Voices, Girls in the Hall, and GirlVentures. Andrea is currently a Waldorf-certified elementary and middle school teacher at Berkeley Rose School, and lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her family.