EL: I am an elementary school teacher with experience in diverse classroom settings in Wisconsin and Arizona. I am a writer with a passion for telling real stories to help families and schools work together in real ways.
I have been a teacher for over eight years, and have always felt that school should come with a guide book for parents. So, I wrote one! I’ve set out to create a behind the scenes look at the world past the classroom door. The result is Candid Classroom: What Parents Want to Know & Teachers Want to Tell Them. This book is an honest, often humorous peek at those things that are not typically covered during parent-teacher conferences. It’s about what teachers desperately want to sit down and discuss with parents over coffee, the things we tell our sisters and friends as they send their little ones off to kindergarten. It’s a real conversation about the things teachers wish parents knew.
I am a teacher and Midwesterner turned desert dweller and writer. Originally from Wisconsin, I now live with my husband and two dogs in Arizona, where we moved on a whim and the need for an adventure. I also write at my personal blog LADDventure, which started as a way to document our journey west, but has evolved into writing about generally living life with adventurous intention.
BBB: What inspired you to become an author?
EL: If you would have asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, my two answers were always teacher and author. I've always loved to write, and I've always believed in the power of storytelling. When someone tells a good story, a story that resonates with the human experience, great things happen.
EL: It was the combination of having incredible stories from the classroom as a teacher and wanting to share them with parents, along with what really matters in school and for their children. I wanted to have an honest conversation to answer questions about those things not typically covered during parent/teacher conferences and close the gap between teachers and parents. Three of my nieces were starting kindergarten the same year, and for the first time I really understood the fears and questions from the parents' perspective as I talked to my family members about sending their little ones off to school for the first time. It dawned on me that I could write a book, sharing what I know from the teacher' perspective. This book shares those things we wish parents knew in a friendly, reassuring way.
BBB: hat do you hope parents learn from your book?
EL: I hope they learn about some practical ways to make things easier, and feel reassured that they're already doing so many great things as parents. I hope they have a better understanding of things like bullying, homework, and volunteering in the classroom. I hope they walk away with a better understanding of where teachers are coming from and what goes into some of the decisions that are made and the reasons we do things. Overall, I hope they walk away believing they are their child's first and most important teacher, and that teachers would love the opportunity to truly partner with them in the extraordinary privilege of educating their kids.
EL: I'm currently working on an eBook titled Talk Like a Teacher: 10 Helpful Phrases to Use With Kidsalong with promoting and speaking about Candid Classroom.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
You can purchase Candid Classroom on Amazon. Also, check out my blog, The Candid Teacher (www.thecandidteacher.com) for more honest thoughts on raising and educating humans. I also blog at LADDventure (www.laddventure.com) about living life with adventurous intention, and host The Girl Next Door Podcast (www.girlnextdoorpodcast.com) with my good friend where we talk about creativity, productivity, and life in general. Follow me on twitter and instagram @ladderica.