Friday, April 24, 2015


Ever since I was a child, I have had the dream of being an author. Now, as an adult, I feel fortunate at the opportunities I've had. I have had the chance to write a regular column for Kappan Magazine, write a chapter in a technology textbook and independently publish both fiction and non-fiction books that have climbed up to the top ten in their respective Amazon sales categories. My work has been featured in The Answer Sheet, a Washington Post  blog.
Wendell the World's Worst Wizard
Wendell Drackenberger has a suspicion that he is different, but nobody in his life wants to admit it. When the truth is made embarrassingly public, Wendell is faced with some difficult choices for a thirteen-year-old. Dubbed the world's worst wizard, he is forced to pave his own way. The future seems bleak until one little lie launches this comical adventure of errors, uncertainty, danger and courage. Teaming up with new friends, robots, a gnome and a brain-intolerant zombie, he discovers how a secret skill might just make him the perfect wizard to save his village.
A Sustainable Start: A Realistic Look at the First Year of Teaching
Instead of providing a list of rules, formulas and steps that new teachers need to follow, the author tells stories, makes observations and provides practical advice. In a style that is both deep and conversational, the author provides insights often neglected in books aimed for new teachers, including the role of shame in teacher identity, the use of professional learning networks for professional growth, the need for paradox, increasing a sense of awareness, the need for humility in classroom leadership and how to build a better relationship with students. The result is a book that is practical, philosophical and personal. It also includes a New Teacher Toolkit with 45 resources for teachers entering the classroom for the first time.
Kindle Version
Pencil Me In Written as an educational technology allegory, it tells the story of Tom Johnson, who fights to integrate pencils into his classroom and faces personal, political and social challenges. Fusing together satirical scenarios, thought-provoking dialogue and a compelling narrative, it is a story that many will relate to. Print Version Kindle Version

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