In March of 2019, I took an idea that I had been stewing about for a while and with the encouragement and assistance from a handful of amazing people, I created a document that would eventually become my book. I wrote a blog post titled #ToTheEdgeEDU: The Fruition of an Idea in October 2019 that highlighted the influences, the shaping of my idea, and my writing process more; check it out for more!
The basic premise of my book is this: throughout my life, I have taken a variety of risks, big and small, with consequences amazing and horrific, and I have learned a great deal from those risks that have shaped me into the person and educator that I am today. While the book is a memoir of my life, it is much more than that: it is an opportunity for me to analyze the risks that I have taken, glean what I have learned from those risks and how they have affected and shaped me with the goal of inspiring others to become risk-takers themselves.
I wrote the book through the lens of an educator and it is certainly geared towards educators in general. However, I believe that my book can be an inspiration to a wider audience. I especially believe that it would be beneficial for high school students to read. High schoolers are at a point in their lives where they need to start making decisions that can have an impact on their lives for decades to come. Many people at that age are afraid to make various decisions, fearing the consequences. My story is one where not only do I address my frame of mind as a high schooler, but I analyze the various risks that I took during that time and the ramifications of those decisions.
The book was released on March 7, 2020. It is available through Amazon (print and Kindle) and Barnes & Noble (print and Nook), as well as in bulk orders through my publisher, Edumatch Publishing. You can also learn more about the book and ways to connect with me through the book's website, www.totheedgeedu.com. And as always, you can connect with me via Twitter, Instagram, and I have also created a Facebook page for the book! If you read it, please share your thoughts with me and your PLN using #ToTheEdgeEDU and I would love a review on Amazon so others can find the book.
There are so many people to thank for their support through this process.
I have included many in the book itself. I cannot begin to thank everybody, but know that if you are reading this and read the book, you are one of those in which I want to express my sincerest gratitude! If I can have an impact on one reader, I feel that I have accomplished my goal! And thank you to Adam Juarez for your booksnaps and your support of #ToTheEdgeEDU!
Until next time...