About the Author

 

The collage of pictures, above, represents my writing: It’s eclectic, whether I’m writing Op-Ed’s on education for the Providence Journal; weighing in as older resident in the vibrant retirement community of Asheville, NC (where I live 5 months of the year and write a column for Mountain Xpress); or producing our heralded “Grandpa and the Truck” children’s books (www.grandpaandthetruck.com).

This year I’ll add another component to my skills list: Motivational Speaker. I’ll use my personal stories to encourage all who work in education and older folks who hope to use their considerable life skills as writers, for I am living proof that one can be a successful at this, later in life (my work’s appeared in the Wall St. Journal, World News, Scripps-Howard, the Providence Journal and countless regional newspapers.)

As teacher, I’m pretty unique, for I’ve taught all levels of kids, from kindergarten through grade 12, in 4 different buildings in the second largest city in Rhode Island, over 3 decades (they were all elective moves). In addition, I did stints subbing in elementary school and taught women prisoners how to write.  All this makes me an “expert” of sorts.

Presently, I tell my stories in monthly columns in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Providence Journal. Is that a big deal? Most assuredly. It’s the first time a major news enterprise invites a teacher to weigh in on the debate concerning public education in America.

My columns reflect the zany, wacky world of teaching, where one hits the ground running, at the start of each new day. Then, too, they’re often about interaction with students, so they’re guaranteed to be off-the-wall, ever-changing, and often hilarious.

My Grandpa and the Truck books are the first-ever stories based on a 30 year, big-rig driver (my husband) who traveled the United States, transporting households. They’ve been heralded by the biggest international truckers’ association, OOIDA, as “Cool Gifts for Kids” in their “Landline” magazine. Each book has 2 illustrated stories that highlight geography, regional differences, trucker talk (terms we can use), nature’s force and important life lessons. Are they a good vehicle? Absolutely! Kids LOVE the big trucks and what could be better than children going on this journey across America with a real, long-haul trucker who’s seen the United States from his unique perch?  Besides, most kids, today, only know geography via a GPS:  we aim to change that!

My first foray in publishing?  My blog at www.biddybytes.com, where I published 3 times a week, on a variety of subjects.  I suggest to any new writer dipping his or her toe into the publishing world, to begin with a blog; it’s a great place to get experience.

All my different spheres of writing (Mtn. Xpress, Op-ed’s, children’s books, blog,) are across the bottom of header picture, above. Click on any or all, if you wish to know more.

If you’d like me to speak to your group or class on teaching and/or writing, contact me at e-mail address below.

***Disclaimer: CKMellor asserts the opinions on this blog are solely hers and her work cannot be copied by others without the author’s written permission.

****Got a question or concern? E-mail me at ckmellor@cox.net.

2 Responses to About the Author

  1. Jeremy Sencer says:

    Greetings!
    I stumbled upon your blog while reading the Projo editorial section. I believe I was one of your students in 1985. I have fond memories of Bain from the era you wrote about. I figure you might get a kick out of a couple things. First, you once wrote in my yearbook that I’d be a good writer some day. I’m not sure if that ever happened, but I did earn a journalism degree as an undergraduate. I ended up becoming a public middle-school teacher. I am still teaching and recently became the secretary of the Providence Teachers Union. I hope this message finds you well.
    Jeremy Aaron Sencer

    • ckmellor says:

      Jeremy…If I said that to you, on a yearbook, no less, it’s because you showed me that talent, for I wasn’t one to do that, often. Nice to hear that you’ve gone on to become middle-school teacher. As we know, when I taught, it was junior high…I eventually ended up, teaching in the high school, and now I am freelance writer…I’m sure someone told me one day that I could write, and I never gave up–tho’ it’s only in later years I;ve gotten regularly published (not bad for an era when they’re laying off so many journalists!) So, keep at it, and I’m glad we are reconnecting. Good Luck this year…There will be more posts on my Cranston teaching years…You might recognize some people…(I’ll camouflage them, of course.)

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