Wednesday, July 6, 2022

"Longtime friends are family that we choose." Patrick Regan



I have been retired from teaching since June of 2011, when I had to retire when my husband was dying from cancer.  I was not ready to retire, as I had taught only 37 years, and I wanted to stay at least 40 years.  I loved school!  One of the reasons I enjoyed my career so much was the great staff of friends I worked with.  My building was just for 9th and 10th grade students, and we had a large student population and staff.  Teachers, paras, clerical staff, and all other support staff worked together and formed great and lasting friendships.  Many of those friends have not seen each other in the past several years, all because of COVID.  That is about to change!  I am currently working with a few other retired staff members to plan a reunion picnic for our retired group.  After sending out just one group email, I have received so many responses and phone calls, prompting many memories and lots of laughs.  My heart is uplifted!

Reconnecting with others is something that many folks desperately need right now.  After so many long months of isolation, getting back to longtime friends is like returning to the arms of a loving family after a long trip away from home. 

I hope you can reconnect with someone from your list of longtime friends.  I promise your heart will feel happier! 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.

Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out! 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at  The website now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. 

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