Why do you write books about Kindness, Equity, and Inclusion?
I believe this are foundational and imperative components that are missing from our society. If we can use these books as starting points for conversations, understanding, and really "seeing" each other, then I know we are at a good place to be.
For the most part, children want to be kind, but I've seen a "Gus" in every school I been in. This may be a boy, girl, staff member, or even a parent. In schools, it is critical for us to embed kindness into everything we do, which will in turn, improve our school and community climates.
When we can learn to truly see each other deeper than our appearance, we begin to lose our prejudices, labels, and stigmas. This way, we can begin to listen to each other, and embrace the uniqueness we all have to offer.
About the Author
Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has eight years of administrative experience. He strives to connect with students by bringing them real world experiences, getting to know them, engaging in lessons and play, and becoming a part of the learning process. Jeff has always looked at education from a different lens: as someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, included, celebrated, challenged and safe.
Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of education. He believes that equity, inclusion, compassion, and kindness should be embedded in schools, and societal norms.
Jeff loves children's literature, and believes reading and writing are critical to overall academic growth. "One Drop of Kindness" was his first children's book. Jeff hopes that It's Me will open up conversations that empower those who have been marginalized, biased, or stereotyped. He hopes to continue writing books that inspire others to help make our world a better place.