From the Heart Communications was founded in 1989 by Anne Marie Santoro. Over the last three decades, Anne Marie has developed a national reputation as an educator, multi-media program designer and author who specializes in the creation of curriculum and professional development that bring communities together around a common goal. Her work in education and communications has received national recognition for its ability to reach people of all ages with messages they remember.
Anne Marie's first non-fiction book The Cat with the Golden Belly — Cleo Coconino™, about learning how to leap towards a cherished dream, is the first in a series of emotional adventure stories. Ms. Santoro's Writing from the Heart Author-in-Residence and seminar programs encourage individuals to write and speak with their most original voice.
Before starting From the Heart Communications, Anne Marie was the Director of Educational Programs and Services at the Children's Television Workshop (CTW) for 10 years, building on prior experience in the Education Division at New York's WNET/Thirteen.
While at CTW (now Sesame Place), she was responsible for creating CTW's best-known national school and community outreach projects such as the SESAME STREET Fire Safety Project, the SESAME STREET Natural Hazards Project, the SESAME STREET Lead Poisoning Project, and the 3-2-1 CONTACT and SQUARE ONE TV AFTER SCHOOL Science and Math Clubs. In this position, she was interviewed for numerous national television and radio shows including two appearances on WABC's Good Morning America highlighting the impact of the national projects.