Vera Harriss, Deidre Fletcher, Mark Pettingill, and Stu Martel are elementary school teachers in the fictional town of Blevins, Maine, whose secret, private lives change dramatically as you read.
Vera, who is about to retire, vents her anger during a Board of Education meeting with a speech that brings the audience to its feet. Why does Deidre, an exceptional teacher, leave the job she loves to become a corporate trainer down South? Then there is Mark, the perennial job hunter looking for a corporate position with more prestige and pay but then turns down the perfect offer when it finally comes through. Stu, one of the most popular teachers in the school, struggles with a deep, dark secret that he can only share with Deidre. What causes Stu's untimely death?
Vera Harriss, Dee Fletcher, Mark Pettingill, and Stu Martel are eager to share their intriguing secrets and entangled lives with you in The Business of Children: A Timely Tale of Private Emotions and Public Scrutiny; Personal Desires and Professional Predicaments by local author Chloe Jonpaul.
About the author
As a teacher for 35 years, award-winning author Chloe JonPaul taught every grade except kindergarten. Her teaching experience extended to Adult Ed in Maine and Maryland, high school English in a Maryland psychiatric facility and to inmates in the Maryland state prison as well.
Teaching and writing have always been her passions. She retired early from teaching and turned to writing full time when the death knell sounded on her creativity in the classroom. She was being forced to "teach to the test" and that was something she refused to do. She longed for the days when she heard students saying "Gee whiz! Three o'clock already?" She knew she had been doing something right! The projects she planned and carried out were amazing!
People have asked her if she's the character Vera in the book. No, but she must admit that there may be a little of her in both of them. The characters, setting, and events are purely fictional and are basically a composite of people, places and events that she has known.
As someone once said: Teaching is... the profession that makes all other professions possible. Chloe wishes to honor and celebrate all good teachers everywhere who make a difference.