Kay Karcher Mijangos is a lifelong educator and dedicated student of Maria Montessori’s philosophy of education. After thirty years as a Montessori preschool guide, she founded and became headmistress of St. Paul’s Episcopal Montessori School in San Antonio, Texas. Looking for the Cherries is her first book, and she is donating her royalties to fund scholarships for underserved children. Laura Mijangos-Rapp graduated from Trinity University in 1979 with a BA in fine arts and later studied painting with her father. Primarily working in mixed media, she is a figurative abstract artist inspired by life experiences and the lessons they teach.

Laura Mijangos-Rapp was born in San Antonio, Texas and graduated from Trinity University in 1979. There she received her BA in Fine Arts where she focused on sculpture under Phillip Evett. Later she studied painting with her father, the late Alberto Mijangos. Laura is a figurative abstract artist who works primarily in mixed media. Her inspiration is often life experiences and the lessons they teach.She is a mother, a grandmother of seven, and resides in San Antonio with her husband, Steve. She exhibits her work throughout Texas. This project is very dear to her heart as it is the story about her father’s inspiring journey.

Born in Mexico City, Alberto Mijangos felt the pull of art from a young age. He attended art school until, at the age of sixteen, his mother died. With $6 to his name, Alberto made his way to the Texas border to seek a new life in the U.S. He later became the director of the Mexican Consulate’s Art Gallery and was instrumental in establishing the Mexican Cultural Institute, creating an important cultural exchange between the U.S. and Mexico through major exhibits of Mexican art, music, and dance in San Antonio. In 1979, Alberto began painting again and pursuing his dream of being a full-time artist until his death in 2007. He brought such joy to his students, painting and learning alongside them. His wife and daughter continue his legacy by sharing his heartfelt story and inspiring journey.