Kathy worked closely with me to develop an author residency for our third graders. It was fantastic! We created a writer's workshop mini-lesson, using examples from her work, student models, and brainstorming activities. She responded to the students with an intimate, personalized, highly meaningful dialogue and shared her personal writing experience with an openness and respect for the students. The staff really enjoyed it, too!
-Michele Linse, Victor PrimaryTeacher-Librarian
As part of our Children's Book Week activities, Kathy presented a program on what went into writing her children's book, A Name of Honor. Her slide show that chronicled the process from idea to finished product. It was a first-class program, informative and entertaining. She is a charming speaker, and everyone who attended enjoyed the evening immensely.
-Lynne Madden, Children's Specialist, Victor Free Library
Mrs. Blasi’s presentation to the fourth graders was curriculum-based. Relating the life cycle of a book to that of the life cycle of a butterfly connected the concept for our fourth graders. For our fifth graders, her reference to immigration was grade appropriate curriculum for them as well. The fifth graders were in the midst of preparing for the New York State Social Studies Exam. The presentation on immigration extended their learning.
-Mary Thomas, Principal, John Walton Spencer School, Rochester, NY
Fourth graders at St. Louis School enjoyed Mrs. Blasi’s well-organized presentation. Students learned first-hand about the steps in writing and revising. She also extended and personalized the social studies unit on immigration, with stories about her grandmother’s journey to America. The presentation was well-received and appreciated.
-Christine Brizee, Teacher, St. Louis School, Pittsford, NY
Thank you, Mrs. Blasi, for joining us on our Day of Exploring! The children gained so much from meeting you and hearing you speak of what takes to be an author. Thanks for sharing your inspiration and expertise.
-Howard Enis, Library Media Specialist, Cosgrove Middle School, Spencerport, NY