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2300 Country Isles Road
The mission of Country Isles Elementary School is to ensure that all children entering our school will leave with the life skills that will enable them to fulfill their potential to be caring, contributing, productive members of the 21st century. We are dedica... more.
Michael Finklea 2004Michael Finklea On January 16, 2004 Country Isles students had the memorable experience of having our very own author-in-residence for the day!Michael Finklea, author of Fester the Pester, Who Are You Calling Junior?, Tardy Marty, Good-Natured Nina the Nervous Gnat, The Worldwide Adventures of Winston and Churchill, Creepers I, and Creepers II, spent the entire day at our school.He energized and motivated our students to write.His presentations emphasized what an author must endure in order to have his/her work published.Finklea stressed the necessity of rewriting and editing....a first draft is rarely published.This really hit home for our students as they heard their teacher,s voice telling them to edit and rewrite.Students related to Finklea and his ideas and were anxious to get back to their classrooms so that they could begin writing.Finklea totally sparked our students, interest in writing. At our Writer,s Workshop for fourth grade students, Finklea had students create a story together.Students who brought samples of their own writing had the thrill of having a ,real, author go over their pieces and make comments.How awesome was that.....having feedback from a published author!Students were excited as Finklea challenged them to write and to send him their writing.The students were totally mesmerized by his presentation and their eyes sparkled as they thought about putting their ideas on paper. Students desiring to attend a luncheon with our author entered a contest where they had to write why they wanted to have lunch with Michael Finklea.We had many fantastic essays!PTA hosted a hoe-down style luncheon that went along with one of Finklea,s books.Students received a memento of this occasion and had the opportunity to have their questions answered and to informally speak to Finklea. Finklea,s book signing was exciting as students met, talked, and had their books individually signed by him.Our author was amazed at the student turnout for the book signing! An informative, fun-filled day, full of new ideas was experienced by our Country Isles Elementary students!Finklea was so impressed by Country Isles that he promised to dedicate his next book to the school. Click here to email Michael Finklea
Shelby County Today
The following is Mr. Finklea's biography: Michael Finklea grew up on a dairy farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.
Struggling through school with ADD, Michael went on to attend Louisiana State University. His love for writing was discovered through a personal journal he kept while traveling from 1985-1990 to different countries as a model. In 1991, Michael moved to Los Angeles, California, and published an entertainment magazine. This was his first experience into the world of publishing. Working on the magazine articles, he discovered the oldest adage for becoming a writer was true - Write about what you know. "The Worldwide Adventures of Winston and Churchill" was Michael's first book. It incorporated many of his journal entries. After spending ten months preparing the book, he set out to find a publisher. Faced with multiple rejections, Michael realized how frustrating it could be to accomplish something that no one believed he would be able to do. Upon his ninth submission, his manuscript was finally accepted. This taught the best lesson of all: follow through and do not give up until you get it right. Micheal now travels to schools throughout the U.S. speaking with students on the importance of writing. He uses his dream of becoming a writer to illustrate how he succeeded and overcame the obstacles associated with ADD. His heartfelt presentations are both inspirational and motivational. Michael will take his listeners on a journey from start to finish of how to write a story. He uses the tool of his original manuscript to demonstrate the importance of revising your story. Once is never enough! Micheal has visited over 3,000 schools. He has received hundreds of letters from students he has seen. Michael believes what he is doing is important and provides a benefit to students he talks with. His interesting and informative talks reinforce the importance of writing and how to use that ability to receive the highest level of education. Michael stimulates children's minds by reminding them to stick with something they believe in and how perseverance pays off.
Children's Author MICHAEL FINKLEA
Michael Finklea grew up on a small dairy farm in the beautiful Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas.
Struggling from Kindergarten through high school with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Michael went on to attend Louisiana State University majoring in Graphic Design, Michael traveled the world for five years as a model. This is when he discovered his love for writing and started a personal journal. Michael settled in Los Angeles, California upon returning. While there, he recognized an opportunity to create and publish his own entertainment magazine. This was the first exposure into the world of publishing. Working on the many magazine articles, Michael discovered the oldest adage for becoming a successful writer was indeed the truest - write about what you know. The process of submitting his first story was very frustrating, to say the least. Upon his ninth submission, Michael's first manuscript, "The Worldwide Adventures of Winston & Churchill," was finally accepted! This, obviously taught Michael a very valuable lesson. You never give up! Michael now travels to schools throughout the U.S. speaking with students on the importance of writing. He uses his dream of becoming a writer to illustrate how he succeeded and overcame the obstacles associated with ADD. His heartfelt presentations are both inspirational and motivational. And . . . FUN! Taking his listeners on a journey from start to finish on how to write a book, Michael uses the tool of his original manuscript - the one with the red pen marks - to point out his numerous mistakes. Michael has now visited over 2,000 elementary schools across the United States. He does not charge for his visits. He has received hundreds of letters from students and teachers. Michael believes what he is doing is important and provides a benefit to the students he comes in contact with. His interesting and informative talks reinforce the importance of being able to read and how to use that ability to receive the highest level of education. Michael stimulates children's minds by reminding them to stick with something and how perseverance always pays off in the end!
Writer Michael Finklea recently brought reading and writing to life at Chateau Estates Elementary School.
Writer Michael Finklea recently brought reading and writing to life at Chateau Estates Elementary School