Author J.A. White Visited Local Schools, Educators

PSEA’s Mideastern Region (PSEA-MER), together with the Council for the Advancement of Public Schools, brought author and teacher J.A. White to the area to visit with classes in Salford Hills Elementary and Deibler Elementary.    

White is the author of nine published books in the “Shadow School,” “The Thickety,” and “Nightbooks” series. During the classroom visits, White spoke about his childhood, how he became interested in writing, gave students writing tips and talked about what it was like to have his book turned into a movie.

The Council for the Advancement of Public Schools also donated a signed copy of Nightbooks to every public elementary school library in Bucks and Montgomery Counties in honor of White’s visit, a total of over 200 books.

“We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for students at Salford Hills and Deibler elementaries to speak with a published author,” said Bill Senavaitis, President of PSEA’s Mideastern Region. “It’s amazing to see students’ reactions when they meet an author whose work they know.”  

Later in the evening, J.A. conducted a member workshop for PSEA-MER members, where he discussed his approach to writing and how any writing skill can be taught in a fun, creative way. White won the Children’s Choice Award for Debut Author for “The Thickety: A Path Begins” in 2015.

This is just the latest in a series of author visits funded by PSEA-MER. Over the years, they’ve brought many authors into Bucks and Montgomery county public school classrooms to visit with students of all ages. Recent guest authors have included Doreen Cronin (Click, Clack, Moo: Cows that Type), and Greg Neri (Ghetto Cowboy.)

CAPS is an initiative of PSEA’s Mideastern Region, which seeks to promote the value and quality of public education in Bucks and Montgomery counties through advocacy and activities that highlight the positive contributions of public schools in our region. We also encourage ongoing community support for the success of our area public schools.