Mrs. Mendenhall is in our faculty spotlight this week!
An exceptional private tutor for creative writing
Our beloved Mrs. Mendenhall tutors students in middle grades with an emphasis on creative writing. She loves working with her students and sharing her passions for reading (including Shakespeare!) and writing. Mrs. Mendenhall’s students have grown in skills and confidence, and one of her students last year published a winning entry in the NC young authors series. Awesome!!
When not at A Step Ahead, you can find Mrs. Mendenhall directing stage performances
Check it out here if you’re interested.
Mrs. Mendenhall’s recommended reading
Books for parents: The Good Enough Parent and The Uses of Enchantment by Bruno Bettleheim, Between Form and Freedom: A Practical Guide for the Teenage Years by Betty Staley (this book is written to connect parents to the Waldorf pedagogy, but I love it for everyone!), Your Baby and Child by Penelope Leach, Magical Child by Joseph Chilton Pearce and To Listen to a Child by T. Berry Brazelton.
Books for Beginning Readers: Frog and Toad books by Arnold Lobel and the Little Bear books by Else Holmelund Minarik
First Chapter Books: my students all love The Magic Tree House series, which runs the gamut from beginning chapter books to books for more advanced readers.
Read-Aloud or alone for Grade School Students: Anything by Beverly Cleary or E.B. White, Winne the Pooh by A. A. Milne, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S.Lewis, The Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective series by Donald J. Sobol, anything by Roald Dahl, the Choose Your Own Adventure series and The Happy Hollisters by Jerry West (for kids who love mystery stories).
Middle School Students: Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle, the Anne of Green Gables series by L. M. Montgomery, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, the Harry Potter series and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien.
And on a personal note
“For me the big news was the wedding, which then turned into a family reunion of sorts. It was beautiful! A very memorable time.”
We are so thankful for Mrs. Mendenhall and appreciate that she chooses to share our time and talents with students at A Step Ahead!