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TTE hosts local author, teacher

Author and teacher Steve Paulding hosted a book signing at Timber Trail Elementary’s fall book fair. Paulding’s latest book Life Lessons from Andy Wink, is nominated for a Newberry Award. From left: Steve Paulding, Ben Crockett, Kendall Black, Kalyn Black and Nora Crockett.

Article and photo by Lisa Crockett

Steve Paulding is something of a regular at Timber Trail Elementary (TTE) – he’s a frequent substitute teacher and most the students at TTE know “Mr. P.” on sight. But for the veteran Douglas County teacher, subbing is only one of his occupations. He’s also an author and has recently had a Newberry Award-nominated book published.

“Life Lessons from Andy Wink” is a humorous guide to life from the fictional Andy, and its chapters cover everything from hygiene (Stinky Steve) to love and loss (My Grandpa.) “I learn a lot from my students, and there is inspiration from real life in every book I write,” said Paulding.

During Timber Trail’s fall book fair, Paulding hosted a special book signing, offering personalized inscriptions to his young fans and donating 25 percent of book sales to the school. “I’m passionate about writing and teaching, and it’s great to be able to host these events at local schools,” said Paulding.



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