Dr. Johanna LaFiandra’s book, “The Desk in the Sky” is now available as an e-book on Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other e-book suppliers for $2.99. After selling the printed version for $19.95, Dr. LaFiandra has reduced the price to make it widely available to the general public in the e-book format. The book can be read with the Kindle, Nook, smart phones, tablets and computers of all types. Dr. LaFiandra has B.A., M.S., and Ed.D degrees in the education field. She has taught in the elementary and secondary school levels for 30 years and graduate level for 18 years and is certified as a Special Educator and Administrator in N.Y. State.
The book is about the 30 years of humorous and enlightening experiences of a classroom teacher who was a Kindergarten dropout. The title comically refers to where the school bureaucracy placed her desk during one school year because they didn’t consider her special educator responsibilities important enough to warrant a classroom. Her informative, funny and touching stories are sure to inspire a new generation of students, teachers and parents to love learning. For ease of reading, it is composed of 34 short chapters which detail her classroom life. Each chapter heading is illustrated by local artist Penny Hauffe and the front cover and back cover is by newspaper cartoonist Ben Lansing. In one chapter, “The Declaration of Independence” you see how one student gave Dr. LaFiandra an understanding of what she needed to do to transform bored junior high students into the curious learners they had once been. Another chapter, “The Work is in the Toilet” comically shows how students learn from one another. The book also has numerous hints on fund raising and is full of Dr. LaFiandra’s advice on teaching and learning.
The printed version of the book is still available at the Everyday Elegance store in Purcellville, or can be borrowed from the Loudoun County Library System or ordered on line at Deskinthesky@gmail.com