Jeanie Franz Ransom
O'Fallon, MO USA
SCHOOL VISITS: K - 5
I've always loved going to school. I'm still excited to get a new notebook filled with blank pages -- and possibilities. And the smell of a freshly-opened box of crayons never fails to make me happy.
Luckily for me, I'm a children's author, so I get to visit schools all the time! I'm also a former elementary school counselor, so I'm comfortable working with kids. I know that school days are busy days, so I make sure that the time students and teachers are with me is time well-spent.
I'm available to speak at schools, libraries, children's literary festivals, and educator conferences. I also love to Skype!
Year(s) of participation: 2016
A4ED school visit photos & blurbs:
2016 at OLD BONHOMME ELEMENTARY, in Ladue, MO, USA
JEANIE RANSOM CONNECTS WITH STUDENTS AT OLD BONHOMME
My 2016 A4ED partnership with third-grade teacher Brett Kelley and his class—known as the 3K Robots—was the icing on the cake for my visit to Old Bonhomme Elementary in St. Louis, Missouri.
I was already scheduled to visit Brett's class on March 4th—the result of a successful letter campaign by his students—when I asked if they'd like to work with me on an A4ED project. The timing couldn't have been better—the students had been learning about the environment and how they could make a difference in the world. By participating in A4ED, they got to make that difference.
The 3K Robots researched the list of five organizations I'd given them, then voted to see which would receive a $200 donation. The results weren't revealed until I visited the classroom March 4th.
To start off our time together, I was treated to a PowerPoint presentation summarizing what the students had learned about each organization. I ended up learning a few things myself! Then Brett made the big announcement, complete with drum roll. Ocean Conservancy had received the most votes! I don't know who was more excited about the project—Brett, his students, or yours truly—but I do know it was a rewarding experience for everyone involved.
I'm already looking forward to A4ED 2017!