Not only because...
    • Rachelle writes for a wide range of reading levels—pre-K through grade 8.   
    • picture books
    • chapter books 
    • a science-adventure novel
    (each with printable classroom guides & activities)

    Or that...

    • Rachelle knows how to stress the importance of RESEARCH. (She has been SCIENCE WRITER for Scholastic Science World and SuperScience classroom magazines). 
    Or even that...
    • Rachelle gently guides and encourages new writers in the important task of REVISION. She served for several years as "guest critiquer/editor" for middle and high school writers in an annual North Jersey school district arts festival, and teaches revisions and essay writing to elementary and middle schoolers.

    In her assembly program, she keep 'em laughing while learning! With 25 years as a children's entertainer and storyteller, she knows how to hold the attention of even the youngest students while discussing the craft of writing, the importance of reading, the need for research, revision, perseverance and confidence to succeed.

    Rachelle shares her journey to publication, reading bits from her rejection letters, and displaying her first "book": a cardboard-and-scrap-paper masterpiece made in second grade over 50 years ago!

    If you browse this website you will see that many schools have used creative and educational activities related to her books to get the students excited about the program. Her chapter  book, The Tooth Fairy Trap has inspired Engineering/Art projects by several schools: as part of their "One School, One Book" programs, the students designed and created their own fairy traps! 

    She offers something for everyone! 
    Books for grades Pre-K through 7:
    icture books, chapter books, a middle grade novel,

    and children's SCIENCE magazines.

    Rachelle can speak with authority on the topic of CURIOSITY as a vital component for creativity and good writing. After all, she has: been a social worker for 35 years, driven to Alaska and back, been stung by a stingray, explored caves, jumped out a plane, visited the Arctic Circle, scuba dived with sharks, dolphins, and sealions, tasted live termites, hiked tropical rain forests and volcanoes, slept in the jungle with a tarantula on the hut ceiling, resuscitated the almost-dead, cuddled with a full-grown tiger, bathed an elephant, flown in a hot-air balloon,  assisted car accident victims while in her clown costume, rafted in class-IV rapids, and explored shipwrecks over 100 feet deep...
    Rachelle guarantees that her educational program is also very ENTERTAINING
    She has 26 years of experience as TICKLES the CLOWN and MOTHER GOOF the STORYTELLER

    She  really, really, REALLY loves animals. 

    Member of her local Rescue Squad

    Loves to make new friends around the world

    She was once sketched by Dr. Seuss
    (Okay, that's a lie. But she did pose in front of this
    cool photo of him painting.)