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This past January, I had the great pleasure of visiting two exceptional schools in the Los Angeles area. All Souls World Language Catholic School in Alhambra and St. Sebastian Catholic School in Los Angeles are among 19 schools in 11 states to have implemented the Two Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools, TWIN-CS. This language immersion initiative was created by The Roche Center for Cath...

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 Author Visits St. Emily School

When the author of a children's book visits your school, what do you do? If you are a third grade student at St. Emily School (Mt. Prospect), you write your own story to read to her!

Author Elaine Harrison presented her newest book, "Imagine You Could," to all St. Emily students on March 15. Afterward, Harrison visited the third grade and was treated to their stori...

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I love making author visits to the schools!

One of my favorite schools is St. John the Evangelist, (SJE) School in Streamwood. A big reason for this is their dynamic principal, Mary Ellyn Billmeyer.

You will never receive a more gracious welcome than when a guest at St. John the Evangelist School—and it starts with their principal! And, this welcome extends far beyond kindness to str...
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The Beatles weren't the only Brits to invade the United States in 1964. With umbrella in hand, a charming British nanny named Mary Poppins flew into our hearts that year, bringing with her a world filled with magic and whimsy.



As the 50th anniversary of the release of Mary Poppins approaches next month, I recall the wonder of this lavish, altogether charming 139-minute musical fantasy as if it ...
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Let's "spread kindness wherever we go!"


During an author visit at a Chicago area school, after I shared my story Ducks in a Row, a second grader jumped from his seat, threw his arms wide in the air and exclaimed with great joy: "The MacQuackens teach us to spread kindness wherever we go!" This 7-year old reminds us that we humans intrinsically want to be kind. It makes us feel good. And, we wa...
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Author visit at Saint Sebastian School, Los Angeles, CA

January 29, 2016 
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Author visit at All Souls World Language Catholic School, Alhambra, CA

January 28, 2016 
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Author visit at St. Thomas of Villanova School, Palatine, IL

March 18, 2015 
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Author visit at St. John the Evangelist School, Streamwood, IL

February 11, 2015 
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Presenter at Chamberlain College of Nursing

October 8, 2014 
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Keynote Speaker at Chamberlain College of Nursing and DeVry University

August 29, 2014 
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Author Visit and Big Screen Presentation of Ducks in a Row

August 14, 2014 1:30 p.m.
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Author Visit and Big Screen Presentation of Ducks in a Row

August 13, 2014 11:00 a.m.
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Book Signing at the St. Barnabas Art and Book Fair

April 28, 2013 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
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Book Signing at the St. Barnabas Art and Book Fair

April 27, 2013 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Author Visit and Presentations at St. Barnabas

April 23, 2013 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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Guest Speaker for Trust and Compassion Week at St. Therese Chinese Catholic School

March 15, 2013 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Author Visit and Book Signing at Ann Reid Early Childhood Center

February 14, 2013 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Author Visit and Book Signing at St. Thomas of Villanova School

February 1, 2013 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
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Author Visit and Special Guest for Family Night at St. John the Evangelist School

January 31, 2013 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Author Visit and Family Night Book Signing at Queen of Martyrs School

January 30, 2013 
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Author Visit and Book Signing at St. Juliana School

January 29, 2013 
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Author Visit and Book Signings at St. Emily School in Mt. Prospect, IL

January 23, 2013 
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