I truly enjoyed my author appearance at the Barnes and Noble at the Shoppes in Chino Hills last Saturday and Sunday. The event was scheduled to coincide with the store’s celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. I am so grateful to the store, and Amy, who personally coordinated this event, for all of their year-long support for teachers, schools, and libraries.
In addition to signing copies of my books, I became engaged in many, many conversations with bookstore patrons of all ages about their favorite teachers. I often tell people that I love to tell stories about great teachers, so I truly enjoyed the opportunity to share the stories of some of the teachers in my books. But I was also particularly interested to hear all the marvelous stories about remarkable teachers that others had to share with me.
To honor these educators, I asked the patrons to write a message to a special teacher on an “apple” and then post it on the Teacher Appreciation Board. By the end of each day, there were three layers of inspirational messages to the terrific teachers of Chino Hills and nearby cities. Some of the “apples,” however, were carried away by the writers, who wanted to present them personally to their teachers. I think it’s wonderful to write a message and post if for the world to see, but so much better for the teacher to receive that message personally!
By the time the event was over, I was filled with so much pride for the teaching profession. How wonderful it is to be a fellow educator! I hope to do other events like this in the future. Perhaps next time, I will see you there!