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Stephanie E. Boosahda is fellow of the National Writing Project, a member of the National League of American Pen Women, an award winning teacher, a pediatric nurse, and a photo-journalist. Her work has appeared in many publications, and is described by Joy Nightingale, "Ms Boosahda's enthusiasm & respect for her students' writing is apparent in Inklings, a beautiful tribute to ... "


Background Information

Both Stephanie's grandmothers thought she was destined to do something famous. She loves writing and teaching writing to students of all ages; in fact, Stephanie is a multi-award winning teacher. She first began writing for a local daily newspaper at the age of fifteen after her aunt, Elizabeth Boosahda, author of Arab-American Faces and Voices:The Origins of an Immigrant Community  That was also when her dream of publishing a book first began. Stephanie wrote her way through college, taking a bus home to submit articles, back when emailing the stories in was not an option. , submitted a piece she'd written for school to the Worcester Telegram.  The next thing Stephanie knew, she was offered a job by that paper and a local weekly!  This was the first of several dreams come true.

Since then she has been published many, many times over, as a journalist and a photo-journalist, in newspapers, educational journals, and religious devotionals.  She has had many other writing successes, including being everything from the student editor to the teaching advisor of award winning school yearbooks and school newspapers; her students' writing pieces have won local, regional, and national awards.  But, Inklings from Cape Cod is her first novel. Stephanie is very excited about its publication, and also for the thirty plus student authors featured in it.
 
In addition to Inklings from Cape Cod , Stephanie has been working on a memoir of one of her grandmothers called Savoring Sitto and another anthology, ADMIRABLE LEBANESE AMERICANS Who Have Made a Difference – an Intergenerational Anthology. More information on the latter, including a Call for Writers and the submission guidelines can be found on the Facebook fan page ADMIRABLE LEBANESE AMERICANS - check it out, consider joining, and if you or a friend is of Lebanese heritage, please take some time to enter a composition honoring an important Lebanese American. 
 
Stephanie is an active member of the Cape Cod Branch of the National League of American Pen Women and is now, after many decades of teaching, working as a professional tutor at Cape Cod Community College and also working as a pediatric nurse for Pediatric Services of America. Her book, Inklings from Cape Cod is definitely worth a read.

 

Birth Place
Worcester, MA USA
Accomplishments

Stephanie E. Boosahda, M.Ed., LPN, and the 2007 Young Writers’ Workshop prose teacher, is a teacher, pediatric nurse, and photojournalist whose work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, and journals. She was graduated from Lesley University with a Masters’ Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and received her Bachelors’ Degree in English and education from Springfield College. Most recently one of her articles appeared in Midlines, the New England League of Middle Schools quarterly educational publication. The piece, “Kids Love a Mystery Program Fosters Love of Reading,” was a four-page feature story.

Stephanie was first published in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette when she was fifteen, and she wrote her way through college working for two Worcester, Massachusetts, newspapers. Since then, she has written for numerous newspapers and magazines. Currently she has several other books in the works, one of which is currently seeking publication; Stephanie is also a board member of the National League of American Pen Women, Cape Cod branch.

Stephanie was presented with the 2008 Master in the Middle award for teaching excellence by the New England League of Middle Schools. She was chosen by the faculty and student council of her school as Teacher of the Year “for Outstanding Instruction, Dedication, and service to the Students and to the entire Keith Middle School family.” Stephanie was also selected as a 2008 South Coast Teacher of the Year finalist by the Standard Times in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where she taught English at Keith Middle School.

Additionally, She is not only a traditional classroom teacher; she was also a teacher-leader for several educational travel abroad programs. In this latter capacity, she has co-led numerous student delegations abroad.

Stephanie is the mother of three grown children and the grandmother of two preschool boys. In addition to working and traveling with upper elementary, middle school, and high school students, she enjoys kayaking, biking, skiing, reading, writing, traveling, and photography, especially when she’s doing these activities with her family.

Students have commented on Stephanie’s teaching:
• “I just wanted to thank-you for running such an awesome class. That was probably my favorite of all three summers!
• “I’m so psyched for [the anthology] to come out, however long it may take! You got everyone to do such great work.”
• “Thanks for everything you did for us in the YWW. You taught us tons in just one week!”

A parent also weighed in: “I can’t believe you got our son reading and writing non-stop in just three days. Thank-you.”

Stephanie, in turn, thanks her students for their enthusiasm and further explained that the Young Writers’ Workshop provided her with the very special opportunity to combine her love of working with young adult students and her love of writing. “The opportunity to work with such enthusiastic, dedicated, hardworking, talented, and well-mannered teenagers is something I will treasure for many years.”

She adds, “These budding young writers showed self-motivation, a growing potential for writing, and a love of writing that inspired this anthology. Their eclectic mix of writing, sharing, editing, responding, and enjoying each others’ work was a joy for all involved, and we hope that this anthology will provide its readers with a glimpse of that exciting enthusiasm.”

Ms. Boosahda is a professional tutor at Cape Cod Community College and a pediatric nurse employed by Pediatric Services of America. She runs workshops, Professional Development seminars, and is available as a private tutor and consultant.

So, "Snuggle up with your favorite blanket and delve into these young authors' creative writing adventures. It is very exciting to read what kids are writing for a change. Their perspectives are different from adult authors, and their works are truly sincere, totally fun, and refreshingly crisp," noted Joy Nightingale “It takes a special kind of teacher - a non-conformist imbued with enthusiasm, faith in her students, and a passion for the art of writing - to produce a labor of love, precisely what this anthology is.

Stephanie applies what most master teachers know, that we dare not ask our students to do something we dare not do ourselves. She does not ask her students to risk any more than she is willing to risk, to write and, therefore, to be exposed at some level of self.

I would recommend this volume of prose and poetry to students and teachers alike. Students will find value in the writing exercises and the published works of fellow student writers. Teachers will find the writing techniques invaluable and the writing a model for their own students. What a joy to read fresh voices!”— Kathleen Lennox, elementary school librarian

Additional Information

A Call for Writers: Stephanie is working on other anthology, Admirable Lebanese Americans Who Have Made a Difference - An Intergenerational Anthology. More information on the latter, including a Call for Writers and the submission guidelines can be found on the Facebook fan page ADMIRABLE LEBANESE AMERICANS - check it out, consider joining, and if you or a friend is of Lebanese heritage, please take some time to enter a composition honoring an important Lebanese American.





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