Alma Hoffmann grew up in Raleigh, N.C., with Meredith College as her second home. From piano and dance recitals to First Baptist fellowships, Hoffmann spent a lot of time at Meredith. Her mother, JoEllen Ammons, was a trustee at Meredith for many years. Hoffmann received her B.A. in elementary education at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1987, and began teaching in Wake County Public Schools. At the same time, she attended Meredith in the evenings and received her Master of Education with a K-12 reading concentration in 1989.
Hoffmann taught school in Wake, Craven, and Wilson Counties, and earned a Reading Recovery Certificate from UNC-Wilmington.
She then began working for the National Inventors Hall of Fame as the regional coordinator of camp invention for North Carolina. For six years, she organized and directed week-long summer science camps for kids all over North Carolina. In 2006, Hoffmann started her own company called Write More Education Resources. She wrote a top-selling resource book for teachers titled Writing Works and other activity books, folders and games, and she created hands-on, integrated writing camps for children grades first through eighth.
Hoffmann has served as a deacon at her church, Trinity Baptist, and she has taught Sunday School and leads the Music Makers Choir.
She and her husband, John, live in Raleigh and have four children.