Wayne Center Elementary School Enhances Students’ Interests with Visit from Medusa!

Reading excerpt from my book to Wayne Center Elem students during author visit.

Reading excerpt from my book to Wayne Center Elem students during author visit.


I love visiting schools to talk with students about the importance of reading for success in life. I may not look successful in my Medusa costume, complete with a wig of rubber snakes, but I’ll swallow my pride to get kids excited about books!
Wayne Center Elem students enjoy hearing Greek mythology stories.

Wayne Center Elem students enjoy hearing Greek mythology stories.


Recently I spoke to all 400 students in Grades 1-6 at Wayne Center Elementary School in Kendallville, IN. It is a beautiful building that was constructed just a few years ago. Our sessions were conducted in the spacious and sunny library! Thanks to the Wayne Center Elementary School librarian for allowing us use of the space for the morning.

It was great fun addressing all 6 grades at intervals. I tailor my talk to their maturity levels. Here are comments from one Third/Fourth Grade teacher:

Our school was treated to a visit from Medusa dressed Kayleen during our end-of-year reading celebration. Kayleen was wonderful to engage each group of students, no matter the age group, and talk about her books and what it is like to be an author. The students had a great time asking questions and learning more about her too. What a great visit!

I heard many good things from the staff after her visit and they all said Kayleen engaged the students at each grade level. Thank you to Kayleen for taking time out of her day to come join us. It was wonderful meeting her.

Dawn Jackson
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The school also purchased copies of my books for their school library.
My thanks to Wayne Center Elementary Principal Karen Gandy, and teachers Patrice Abbee and Dawn Jackson for arranging my visit.

Patrice Abbee (L) and Dawn Jackson (R) helped arrange my visit to Wayne Center Elementary School.

Patrice Abbee (L) and Dawn Jackson (R) helped arrange my visit to Wayne Center Elementary School.

What is your school doing to promote students’ interests in reading? An author visit might do that!

If you are an educator or know of a school that would be interested in an author visit from me, I’d appreciate your letting me know. I want to connect with as many students as possible to let them know the value of reading and writing.

Medusa Visits Bluffton Elementary School!

Speaking to 2nd graders @ Bluffton Elementary School.

Speaking to 2nd graders @ Bluffton Elementary School.


When a principal at a school asks you to attend because she believes in you and your books, it’s really an honor. Julie Meitzler, principal of Bluffton Elementary School sent me a request earlier this year, saying that she had contacted teachers in her school with the recommendation that they invite me to visit their classrooms for an author visit.
2nd graders at Bluffton Elementary School loved their visit from Medusa!

2nd graders at Bluffton Elementary School loved their visit from Medusa!


The 2nd grade teachers followed up and the result was a successful and exciting visit! The second graders at BES are great! They were good listeners as I, dressed as Medusa, introduced them to my ‘friends’ – Hades, Hephaestus, Hermes. These are of course, books that I’ve written.

Keep in mind, I’m wearing a long flowing peach-colored gown and a wig of rubber snakes, very Medusa-like! I also speak in a gravelly, creepy voice as only Medusa would do.

Medusa de-wigged, student teacher Stephany Derengowski, teacher Lindsay Schroeder.

Medusa de-wigged, student teacher Stephany Derengowski, teacher Lindsay Schroeder.


At one point I take off my wig (yay! It’s hot and heavy!) and then tell the students about the rest of my books. At the end we had a Question and Answer time.
2nd grade teacher Kim Bitner & me.

2nd grade teacher Kim Bitner & me.

They were attentive and the teachers were helpful and supportive.

2nd grade teacher Allison  Krinn's class sent me thank you notes that were precious!

2nd grade teacher Allison Krinn’s class sent me thank you notes that were precious!


A few days later I was delighted to get a packet of thank you notes from Allison Krinn’s class. They were delightful and made it all worthwhile.

If you’d like ‘Medusa’ or Kayleen Reusser to visit your class, please contact me at xxxkjreusser@adamswells.comxxx (Remove the x’s).

Speaking to Lancaster Elementary School Students Rocks!

I love speaking to students at Lancaster Elementary School!

I love speaking to students at Lancaster Elementary School!


Recently I spoke to 3rd and 4th grade students at Lancaster Elementary School in Ossian IN. My friend Lyn Rodgers arranged it and I thank her and the other teachers for allowing me to speak to their students about the writing process, how I get my ideas for writing and the importance of reading, spelling and grammar, of course, writing itself!
I spoke to 3rd and 4th graders at Lancaster Elementary School.

I spoke to 3rd and 4th graders at Lancaster Elementary School.


The kids were attentive and respectful. They had lots of questions and listened while I showed full-color pictures inside my books and told them how hard an author has to work. I can carry around the desire to be an author for years but until I’m actually sitting in a chair at my desk, putting the words on paper, nothing in that dream will come true.

I work in a middle school and enjoy interacting with kids, especially about books and reading. Do you need a speaker at your school to motivate your students? Please contact me and we’ll try to make it happen!

My lovely friend Lyn Rodgers arranged my visit  at Lancaster Elementary School. Thanks, Lyn!

My lovely friend Lyn Rodgers arranged my visit at Lancaster Elementary School. Thanks, Lyn!


What advice would you give students today about being a writer?