Testimonials

  • "Our elementary school libraries hosted Lola for 3 days in April 2015 and what a delight she was both personally and professionally! A captivating, engaging demeanor made her presentations very exciting for everyone in each session, from the youngest to the more seasoned book lovers! Lola gives everything over to the school on the day of her visit - her time, energy, attention and good will! WE LOVED Lola!"

    Camelia Moses
    Media Specialist
    Carthage Central Schools
    New York

  • “Lola Schaefer is the complete package.  As a former teacher, she understands what it takes to hold the attention of students and teachers – even at the end of the school year!  Mrs. Schaefer’s presentations were perfectly suited for each grade level’s audience (PK – 5th) and were informative, educational, and entertaining.”

    Cindy Wagner
    Media Specialist
    Brookwood Elementary School
    Dalton, GA

  • As a fifth grade writing teacher, I was lucky enough to take part in a three-day summer writing workshop by Lola before my second year of teaching. It is absolutely incredible how much my instruction has improved. One hundred percent of my students work during class for nearly the whole period because of Lola’s suggestion of self-selected topics. The depth of their writing is incredible.

    Thanks, Lola!
    Eric Blaufuss
    St. Anthony School, Milwaukee, WI

  • "Lola made me look like a hero for inviting her to our school. Teachers can be a tough crowd and ours raved about her. The kids couldn't get enough of Miss Lola or her books. She kept the attention of our squirmy four and five year olds the entire time!"

    Karlyn Zimmerman, MLS
    Preschool Media Specialist
    The Walker School

  • "We recently hosted author Lola Schaefer at our school. She kept students engaged by adapting her presentations to each grade level and sharing the "stories behind the stories." She talked about nonfiction writing and the importance of accurate research. She introduced younger students to her Mittens series for beginning readers. Students and teachers enjoyed every minute of their time with Ms. Schaefer and would have stayed longer had time allowed."

    Barbara Schmidt
    Media Specialist, Murdock Elementary School
    Marietta, GA

  • Lola has transformed our writing instruction at all grade levels with her demonstration lessons, individual classroom modeling, debriefing sessions, and professional development. Our teachers, students, and administration have learned so much from her visits and wish she could stay all year long!

    Brandy Hart
    Assistant Principal
    St. Anthony School, Milwaukee WI

  • Lola spoke first to our staff during an afterschool workshop. The teachers loved her practical strategies for improving informational writing. Then, that evening, she was our Literacy Night presenter. The parents and kids enjoyed her ideas for great nonfiction read alouds and the importance of narrative nonfiction.

    In short, she was fabulous!

    Lisa Eickholdt
    Literacy Coach
    Puckett’s Mill Elementary
    Dacula, GA

  • Yours was the best author visit we've ever had. It was worth every penny and I hope to have you back. Both teachers and students were spellbound by your presentation and we learned a ton!

    Kelly Posey
    Media Specialist
    Blanco Vista Elementary School
    San Marcos, Texas

  • Lola Schaefer has worked with our teachers for three years. Through her guidance and support they have grown as writing teachers and are now comfortable using mentor texts to teach different genres of writing as well as the craft of writing. In one year our fifth grade writing scores increased almost 20 percentage points which we attribute in large part to Lola’s giving our teachers the tools to expect our students to write more organically.

    Lynn Coleman
    Curriculum support Teacher
    Roswell North Elementary School
    Fulton County Schools
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Lola’s writing workshops gave me the tools I needed to teach elementary students how to write. She clearly communicates the essentials of different genres and demonstrates craft strategies with students. She is passionate about the writing process and generously shares her expertise with teachers and students. After a day with Lola I am encouraged and motivated.

    Trisha Brock, EdS
    Early Intervention Teacher, K-5

  • As a curriculum Support Teacher in a Fulton County Elementary school, staff development is a part of my job. Writer’s Workshop instruction is a part of our school improvement plan. Lola Schaefer has been instrumental in reshaping our thinking, planning, and teaching practices. Our teachers learn so much by watching her work with the students. Their wish for next year is to work with Lola to plan a year-long scope and sequence chart of genre and craft.

    Debbie Doyle
    Curriculum Support Teacher
    Medlock Bridge Elementary
    John’s Creek, Georgia

  • Teachers were very impressed with Lola’s author visit. Here are a few of their quotes . . . “I learned so much from this author visit.” “I loved how she did something completely different for each grade level.” “I can’t wait to buy more of Lola’s books after her author visit.”

    Debra Franklin
    Media Specialist
    Fairview Elementary
    Demorest, Georgia

  • I heartily recommend Lola Schaefer as a visiting author. She gave four different presentations, each geared to the age of the students. She was able to combine her background as a researcher, storyteller, writer, and teacher to offer programs that were instructive as well as spellbinding. The students loved her. Our teachers were so impressed that they are requesting a three-day writing workshop with Lola later in the year.

    Ann Glass Darlington’s Lower School Librarian Rome, Georgia

  • “Just as you think you know virtually everything there is to know about writing, Lola Schaefer comes along.”

    Sherrie M. Moss
    English/Language Arts Department
    Fulton County Schools
    Administrative Center
    Atlanta, Georgia
    MossSM1@fulton.k12.ga.us

  • “For the first time EVER - (I’ve been teaching 26 years) voice was clearly explained. I know what it is and how to teach it! Thank you!”
    CT Reading Conference

  • "Our district has had the distinct privilege of working closely with Lola Schaefer during the last two years. Through both classroom demonstrations and one-day workshops, Lola has inspired our teachers with instructional strategies and rapport building skills to help move our students from 'good to great.'"

    Amy Fouse
    Coordinator of Middle School Language Arts
    Houston County Schools
    Perry, GA
    afouse@hcbe.net

  • "Ms. Schaefer recently spoke at our school during an awards ceremony honoring her for her book, Arrowhawk, which swept all three of the picture book categories awarded annually by our students. She gave her unique presentation on narrative nonfiction in an organized, informative and lively way, engaging the very large audience of students in the discussion and providing them with a base upon which to build their own writing in this genre. "

    Irene Fahrenwald
    Lower School Librarian
    The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
    Chicago, Illinois
    ifahren@vertex.ucls.uchicago.edu

  • “As Language Arts Coordinator, I struggle with ways to get teachers to move away from teaching writing through formulaic plans. Lola gave me starbursts to share!”
    Barbara Lipe
    Georgia Reading Association Leadership Forum

  • “I like the way Lola models what she does with students to improve their writing.”
    Literacy For All, Providence, RI

  • “Absolutely wonderful! The most meaningful writing workshop I've ever attended.”
    Jane Starling
    Georgia Reading Association Leadership Forum