The Book Group


Gail C. Toma

Designer, Author Illustrator
Awarded Educator
President of Grand Central Discovery

Published Works:

  • Strategic Planning for Designers - 2001, Kendall Hunt Publishers
  • Considering a Career in Education - 2000, The Graduate Group

Written and Illustrated Works:

  • "The Masterpiece Drawing Book Series" - Celebrate My Scribbles,
  • "The Masterpiece Drawing Book" - People, Places, Things and Me
  • "The Doodler"
  • "Missing You"

Clients Include:

Waterford Wedgewood, The Danbury Mint, K&L Trading

Grand Central Discovery: President

A unique company offering art products that inspire creativity in children and adults. The products include: books, games, toys, stationary and art accessories.

Other Experience Includes:

Product development and management - Ralph Lauren, Polo Fashion, Sales and Marketing, CPT Corporation and Daum, France.

Specialist in Art Education:

Corporate, Museum, Special Education - Public and University settings.

On staff experience includes Long Island University, C.W. Post, Southampton College, Gibbs College of Design, Pace University and Pratt Institute.


  • "Teacher of the Year" - Sallie Mae Association
  • "University Educator of the Year" - The CEC Corporation

Special Achievements:

  • Founder - Hamptons Art
  • Designer of College Level Curriculum Programs
  • Teacher Development
  • Art Seminars College
  • Alumni Association
  • Internship programs


New York University - M.A. Art Administration
Providence College - B.A. Fine Art Education, Minor: Western Civilization
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York State Licensed Educator


Jo-Ann Dellaposta-Bedoya

Art Educator, Photographer, Author

Written Publications:

  • Considering a Career in Education - 2000, The Graduate Group

Visual Publications:

  • Best of Photography Annual, 1993, 1990, 1986
  • Nippon Camera, 1986

Specialist in Art Education:

Public, Private and University Settings.

On Staff experience includes Riverhead High School, Long Island University and Suffolk County Community College.


  • Selected for inclusion in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers", 2000

Special Achievements:

  • Chosen as an Adjudicator for the Long Island Media Art Show, 1995 - 1996
  • Art curriculum design for private instruction and College level programs
  • Guest Instructor - Master Photography Workshop, Southampton College


Rochester Institute of Technology - M.F.A. Imaging Arts
Long Island University/Southampton - B.F.A.
New York State Licensed Educator


Gregory B. Barbera

Educator, Mentor, Author, Illustrator

Published Works:

  • Considering a Career in Education - 2000, The Graduate Group

Illustrated Works:

  • "My, Oh, My Mealworms"

Specialist in Art Education:

  • Art Educator and Education Mentor

Community Title:

  • Board Member of the Brookhaven Arts and Humanities Council


Long Island University/C.W. Post - M.A. Fine Arts
Long Island University/Southampton - B.S. Art Education
New York State Licensed Educator

The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The superior teacher demonstrates.
The great teacher inspires.

- William Arthur Ward