Monday, June 1, 2015

Nancy Polette, the person I want to be when I grow up!

Nancy Polette (pronounced nan’-sē po-lēt’) is one of the most amazing people I have ever met. Her love of reading and passion for writing are an inspiration for everyone.

Nancy Polette with other members of the Pieces of Learning family at
a Texas Gifted Conference.
I had the honor and privilege of traveling and working with Nancy for several years through Pieces of Learning; she as a conference presenter and me as conference exhibitor. She never ceased to amaze me with her ability to captivate her audience, while teaching the teachers to get the best use of books in their classrooms. She is also a lot of fun after the work was done! Over dinner, she could tell some of the funniest and most interesting stories about her life as a workshop and conference presenter, as well as an educator for many years. She was always extremely popular and in high demand.  She has traveled more than 2 million miles across this nation presenting at educational conferences, staff development workshops and training teachers in library-use practices.

Nancy’s first official publication was a poem, which was published in a children’s magazine when she was only 10 years old. Of course, she later became a teacher and librarian! She has taught at both the elementary and college levels, while continuing to write professional books, novels and picture books, along with hundreds of literature guides for teachers to use in the classroom.

Her writing career really began when she realized there were not enough resources available for teachers to use in the school libraries. So she promptly wrote several resources and guides for the teachers and librarians to use.

She has been an educator for over fifty years and is the Professor Emeritus of Education at Lindenwood University near St. Louis, Missouri. Nancy believes that reading is knowledge and she worries that if kids today are not passionate about reading, they may not be as well-educated as they could be.

Nancy’s books continue to be best sellers for Pieces of Learning. You may recognize some of her titles, History or Hoax, Blunder or Brainstorm, Damsel or Daredevil, Gifted or Goof Off, Research Reports to Knock Your Teacher’s Socks Off, Research Without Copying, The Best of Nancy Polette, Eight Cinderellas, Genuine Geniuses, The Research Book for Gifted Programs K-8, Another Point of View, It’s a Myth, Activities for Any Novel, Activities for Any Picture Book, over 400 popular classroom literature guides, and many, many more.

Nancy is my role model.  I am so grateful to her for her kind and gentle words of encouragement to me during an extremely difficult time in my life. She helped me believe in me!

By:  Peggy Hord, Consultant Coordinator, Pieces of Learning

In honor of Nancy and her legacy at Pieces of Learning, we are offering all of her books 25% off. Order any of Nancy's books from our website before June 15th and use the coupon code POLETTE to get this discount and experience the teaching strategies that have made Nancy so popular with Pieces of Learning's customers!

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