One of my main focuses is the concept of learning by doing. There are many ways to learn or grasp a concept. Personally, I have always excelled in areas when I was given the opportunity to physically do something or at least try. Sometimes, I had to try over and over again.
As a child, I loved to read and write, but I had no idea that I would become an author one day. Growing up in Saint Lucia, authors never visited my schools and the only library was miles away from my home. So I frequently walked more than 20 kilometers (12 miles) round trip for books to read.
When I visit schools, I want to ignite, inside of every child, that enthusiasm for reading. I want every child to take my story and make it their own. My hope is that someday, their stories can inspire a generation of young readers and writers.
When you request me for a school visit, here is what you are going to get.
My presentation includes a powerpoint and Q&A session. The student will learn the process involved in writing the book. Depending on the book, the student will learn what it takes to write fiction or non fiction. One of the key take aways from every presentation is learning a few words in a different language. I speak and write in French Creole and sharing that part of my culture with others is exciting and very rewarding.
I can tailor my presentation to the needs of the instructor. It could be one presentation to multiple presentations.
When I first met the father of one of my students, I had no idea how valuable his stories would be to us!
On our first class exploration of Baird Creek, the bug expert failed to show up. As a result, the insect leg of our trip fell flat quickly. Enter: Baptiste Paul. One by one, students created a huddle around him, captivated by all he shared of his childhood discoveries in St. Lucia.
Later in the year, Baptiste learned that I was planning to visit the Central Plateau of Haiti. We wanted to build a bridge between the children of the two countries. Once again, Baptiste scored! He wrote a poem for us in Creole and English so our class could send warm wishes to our new friends. Mainlanders and islanders alike received a treat. Our students had the privilege of learning many Creole thoughts and words from a master teacher. In Haiti, the students’ hearts were touched to hear children from the Midwest speaking beautiful wishes in their native language.
It’s a pleasure to introduce Baptiste Paul to readers. His first children’s book is for the young at heart who believe in cross cultural bridge building. After all, his story began in the warmth of St. Lucia, got buried in the land of frozen tundra (as it is affectionately known in Green Bay)….and is now ready to bring smiles to readers everywhere!
From the moment Baptiste stepped into our school he brought positive energy to everyone who met him! His presentation is highly engaging and memorable. Students are still talking about his visit!Amy Buelow