I’d love to present at your school, library or organization. I’m passionate about what I’ve learned, through my writing and life experiences, and love engaging students and attendees in my presentations. I understand the importance of meeting curriculum standards and making my visit the best for your students, or exceeding your expectations as an organization.
The following are several programs I offer, but know that I custom-create every presentation for your school/library/organization.
Everyone’s Life is a Story
Students learn how I discover interesting facts about my subjects and weave them into compelling stories. Students are encouraged to unravel and reveal the mysteries within their subject’s lives.
Heroes Are All Around Us
I encourage students to consider the heroes who live among us, and why their roles and lives are important. We explore important elements in a hero’s journey and sharing their stories.
The Tale of Three Writers: Millie, Virginia and Christine
Mildred “Millie” Wirt Benson was the original ghostwriter of the Nancy Drew series. Virginia Hamilton was the most honored author of children’s literature, ever. Christine Brennan is the USA Today sports columnist, television commentator, author, and speaker. Discover what all three have in common, their inspirations and the story behind sharing their life journeys.
Why do we do the things we do?
I explore the science behind why we behave the way we do. Why do we respond to situations the way we do? Why do we choose to avoid a situation that is wrong or step in and do what is right? What, and who, influences our choices? I explore the STEM topics of the teenage brain, genetics and social environment. Recent scientific developments, including the story behind famed Free Solo climber Alex Honnold’s brain, are discussed and interactive social experiments shared.
(For little readers)
I share stories from when I was little girl growing up in the country and riding my bike to the bookmobile, stacking my basket full of my favorites. I connect with kids sharing childhood stories, favorite books and photos. I inspire children to look into their corners of the world for stories.
(For grades 1-3)
Where do ideas come from for stories? What is the journey from idea to assignment? I connect with kids to share that the process is the same, whether it’s a required paper or a book. I share the steps in writing nonfiction, from research to the fun AHA! Moments of discovery and sharing the inspiring stories of the real-life authors and writers I’ve written about.
(For grades 4-8)
I address ELA Common Core aligned for grades 4-8 as I encourage students to explore my nonfiction writing through fact discovery, questions and answers. I share my passion for research during my presentation which includes read-aloud and interactive activity including examining primary and secondary sources.
All I need for a presentation is a laptop/projector/screen, lapel or hand-held microphone, small table for materials and plenty of water. I love working lunches too, but note I’m gluten-free. And I love dark chocolate!
My fee is based upon location of presentation and number of presentations. A typical school day visit includes up to 4 presentations to students. Please contact me to discuss honorarium and expense reimbursement. I try to keep expenses to a minimum! I offer a discount to schools within a three hour radius of Toledo, Ohio. Evening presentation fee varies as well.
I am happy to provide references from previous school visits and presentations.