CLAIRE RACHEL MAGHTAS and KAREN JEAN EPPS
Authors and Motivational, Inspirational Education Speakers
About The Authors
Karen has a BS in Elementary Education from Northwest Missouri State University and a Masters in Information and Learning Technology from University of Colorado, Denver. Her endorsements include library and technology education K-12. Working as a writing consultant, attending conferences, and classes are a part of her writing success along with radio interviews. She has 26 years of service as a regular education teacher in the parochial schools and a teacher librarian in the public schools. Karen earned many awards including the Gold Apple Award for excellence in teaching and Highly Effective School Library Program Award by the Colorado Department of Education. She was born in Missouri, grew up on a dairy farm with two brothers, and currently lives in Colorado with her husband. She has a daughter, a son and four grandchildren.
Claire has a BA in Elementary Education and a Masters in Special Education, specializing in learning and emotional disabilities K-12 from University of New Orleans, Louisiana (UNO). She also attended the University of Innsbruck, Austria in education and continued her studies in administration. She has over 30 years of service in public schools teaching regular and special education. Writing conferences and classes contribute to her writing success along with radio interviews. She is an Assyrian-American who grew up in New Orleans after emigrating from Iraq with her parents in 1964. Claire lives in Colorado and has two daughters.
Request Claire and Karen to speak at your conference, educational events in public or the private sector in national\state or district events and at your church or community gatherings. The authors speak with conviction to share personal experiences with their audience and are passionate to support educators and education. Topics range from spiritual to secular in nature and can include values, dreams and desires, stewardship, compassion, discipline, stress, patience, obedience, communication, pride, self-control, living favor minded and tolerance to name a few. The authors are flexible to tailor topics to your needs.
Our mission is to uplift and empower educators to greater success maintaining joy and peace during the challenging times in education. Teacher, you make a difference!
Book Release Dates
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About The Book
“TEACHER, You Are Enough and More” is a guide to inspire and uplift educators. When teachers empower, equip and manage themselves first, they subsequently pass it on and make a difference in students’ lives. Tap into the gifts of God using best practices, strategies, tools, and confirmations. Negative thoughts build on each other and create darkness. We get what we think! Thinking encouraging thoughts build on each other and produce positive events. To continue walking in the light, choose anchor words from the provided scripture to interrupt the negative thinking and align the body, soul and spirit with the unlimited rippling stream of the Holy Spirit power of God. Teacher. you are enough and more!
How do we build up our schools to be safe and strong? How do we boost and enliven teachers to elevate students and parents to obtain magnificence in success of the school community? Answers are contained from cover to cover in “TEACHER, You Are Enough and More”. Included are topics of discipline, respect, observation and evaluation, endurance and perseverance, manipulation, change, guilt and shame, fear and anxiety and making a difference. These topics and more discuss the educational struggles teachers experience throughout their career.
The ways to overcome struggle is to use the keys for teacher success, the teacher’s prayer, defining teacher in the scripture, and using verses to inspire educators. The book is filled with gifts of treasure providing how to materialize your dreams and desires, phrases of confirmations, gratitude statements and journal writing to raise your spirit. Teacher, as your lift yourself up, it will permeate through your surroundings and your community. Pick up a copy today and make a difference in your world of education!
The ultimate goal of life is the acquisition of wisdom: Aristotle said wisdom is the combination of knowledge and character. Both are important but what guarantees real success in life is character. It is a process that starts very early in life guided, or more important “modeled”, by parents and teachers. Karen and Claire’s book is a very significant contribution in this area. Children will acquire the knowledge and virtues to make them good pro-social individuals by experiential osmosis, i.e., picking the examples of grownups, rather than just by teachers dispensing “notions”. This book is very practical; it gives teachers experiential tools to keep up their spirits, their vision, in function of their very challenging “ministry” with children, in this rapidly changing and conflictive world”
– Dr. Miguel Novak, Former faculty at Boston College and Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA Former Director of Campus Ministry at the University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA Lay missionary and adult religious educator in the US and 6 other countries.
- How did you come up with the idea to write TEACHER, You Are Enough and More?
When it came close to retirement, we contemplated what to do after teaching. We started brainstorming ideas and prayed about it. The answer came in a small whisper to write a book to uplift educators for it was greatly needed and we longed for such a book.
- How did you come up with the title?
When teaching, we were always told we were not good enough and more is needed in just about everything. The title came “TEACHER You Are Enough and More”.
- What genre do you consider your book to be?
It is non-fiction, inspirational, spiritual
- How long did it take for you to write this book?
It took us two and a half years to write the book.
- Does your family support your career as a writer?
Yes, both families have supported us and encourage us to continue writing.
- Do you ever experience writer’s block?
Yes, we believe all writers do experience writers block. We do and when this happens we stop and take time to be silent and meditate. Usually the answer comes through effortlessly and then continue writing.
- Do you speak and do book tours?
Yes, to both. We speak about our experiences that many educators relate to as well as topics such as respect, kindness, integrity, gossip and lies, critical spirit, receiving, abundance and forgiveness to name a few.
- Where is your favorite place to write?
We met in the public library and at the local coffee shop.
Interview Questions/ Information
- What was the hardest topic to write?
The hardest topic to write was grieving.
- What do your fans (educators) mean to you?
They mean everything to us! We have invested a lot of time in writing this book to benefit our audience. We are passionate about the teaching profession and wrote this book to support and uplift teachers. They are extremely important.
- How did you break into publishing?
We went to conferences, took writing classes, and interviewed with many publishers before we met up with Morgan James.
- What have you put the most effort into regarding the writing of this book?
Great effort has been put into believing in ourselves and in God using scripture to support our brand, Dream Big without wavering! When one dream fails, dream another! Do not be afraid to pursue your ideas and desires! Also, we put much effort into sharing some of our teaching experiences that teachers relate to and finding verses to support these experiences.
- Does your book have a lesson or moral?
Every topic has a lesson of developing further the character traits that are the fruits of the spirit. These include: self-control, patience, integrity, peace, joy, kindness, forgiveness, truth and tolerance. There is no law against that and when followed no one can touch you!
- What is your favorite part of the book?
Our favorite parts of the book are the experiences and how they are backed up with scripture. These sections have value and are very powerful!
- Could you tell us a bit about your book and why it is a must-read?
It is a book for educators and has experiences that teachers relate to, use strategies and tools to overcome difficulties and stay strong. Also, available are confirmations, gratitude statements and journal writing.
- Is being a writer a gift or a curse?
It is definitely a gift. When one opens self to writing the ideas flow from our Heavenly Father. Before we start writing we say confirmations that sets us up for success. Writing is very inspirational and it puts you in the moment. When we wrote together we came away at the end of our session energized.
- What does literary success look like to you?
It is seeing your final product in the brick and motar stores and on Amazon. It is realizing our dream came true. Getting feedback from teachers and using the constructive criticism to improve our writing is important. In addition, being invited to speak, being recognized at conferences and making a difference to uplift and support educators. Finally, we feel successful when others are inspired by the book.
- Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
It started when we were having lunch together one day contemplating what to do after retirement. It came as a whisper to write a book for teachers to support and uplift them. We pursued the idea without wavering. Teaching is challenging and we wished we had such a book. We brainstormed ideas, style, procedure, and topics. We both knew writing this book was an assignment from God and felt compelled strongly to finish our assignment. Once we started, the ideas flowed effortlessly! We realize we are a vehicle to bring forth the knowledge and wisdom to share with the world. And here we are today!
- What is your current project?
We are currently working on another book for educators using different experiences, topics, and using famous quotes.
- Can you share the title of your current work with us?
Yes, it is “Teachers, Inspire Today For Better Tomorrows”.
- Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourselves as writers in five years?
We see ourselves speaking all over the world making a difference in educators lives and be a voice that influences new ideas in education.
- What is your opinion, should teachers carry guns in schools?
We feel strongly teachers are educators with a classroom full of children with the responsibility to educate them fully to prepare them for the future. Children and families need to be supported with mental health supports to overcome their emotional difficulties. Schools should have security that are trained to handle crisis with guns to keep our schools safe. Teachers and students should not have to worry about their safety. We do not feel confident in carrying a gun.
- Where can people buy your book?
Our book is available in Amazon, Barnes and Noble, BooksAMillion, Powell’s, ChaptersIndigo, and IndieBound.
- How do people get on your mailing list?
They go to our website to maghtaseppsauthors.com. Visitors can subscribe to our newsletter and make comments on our blog.
- Share with us the best way to reach you and where to learn more about your book.
Again, you can reach us through our website maghtaseppsauthors.com, our blog, Facebook page, Twitter and Goodreads Author Page.
- When is your next book coming out?
It is coming out soon.”
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