Thursday, April 27, 2017

Dr. Paul Semendinger ~ a character interview and his book ~ Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion

Warning this book is for children.
If you're an adult ~ Well…You’ve been warned.
On the other hand - if you are a parent - you might want to take a look.

TITLE: Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion
RELEASE DATE: February 14, 2017
AUTHOR: Paul Semendinger, Ed.D
ISBN: 978-1542790963
IMPRINT: Sunquills
CATEGORIES: Children’s Books/Holidays


Dr. Semendinger has been a passionate child-centered educator for almost 30 years. He first enjoyed a successful career as a middle school history earning numerous awards including “Teacher of the Year” and the prestigious “A+For Kids” grant before moving on to administration. Dr. Semendinger has served as a high school vice principal, a middle school principal, and is currently the principal of the most wonderful elementary school in the whole world!

Dr. Semendinger has enjoyed working in various professional organizations including serving as the President of the New Jersey Middle School Association. In addition to the above, Dr. Semendinger has worked for the Educational Testing Service (ETS) and he has served as an adjunct college professor at both Ramapo College and William Paterson University.

An enthusiastic presenter, Dr. Semendinger brings his passion for children to his positive, happy, and engaging presentations.  As an accomplished public speaker, Dr. Semendinger has successfully presented workshops at many conferences including those run by the New England League of Middle Schools, STEMCON, the New Jersey Middle School Association, the Madison Institute, local ASCD Chapters, and many others. 

Dr. Semendinger is also an accomplished writer. His first book of motivational passages, “Impossible is an Illusion” will be released in June 2017 by Ravenswood Publishing.  Dr. Semendinger’s first novel, “Scattering the Ashes” will be released in August 2017 also from Ravenswood. In addition, Dr. Semendinger writes picture books.  His first picture book for children “Principal Sam and the Calendar Confusion” is currently in post-production and should have a 2017 release date.  Dr. Semendinger’s original and unique history of the New York Yankees “The Least Among Them,” is also currently in editorial review.  In additional to his (soon to be) published writing, Dr. Semendinger also frequently publishes on eduTopia and on his highly successful blog.

Dr. Semendinger leads an active life. He enjoys running and, to date, has completed twenty marathons including the New York City Marathon five times.  Dr. Semendinger also plays competitive men’s softball and enjoys backpacking and hiking. He also plays the saxophone and piano (but wishes his skills in those areas were much (much) better.)  (He’s working on it.)  In his free time, Dr. Semendinger enjoys reading, travel, and passionately rooting for the New York Yankees. 

Dr. Semendinger volunteers his time in many ways.  Dr. Semendinger was a three-sport coach (baseball, basketball, and soccer) for sixteen years as his children grew up and was also active in the Boy Scouts where he designed and led outings to historical sites that included Gettysburg, Washington’s Crossing, Valley Forge, Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York’s Central Park.  Dr. Semendinger has also successfully led two Boy Scout crews through the two-week backpacking experience at Philmont Scout Ranch hiking treks of more than 90-miles. 

Dr. Semendinger also is a daily contributor to the Radio Home Visitor (88.5 FM – Wilkes-Barre, PA) run through King’s College.  The Radio Home Visitor brings news to shut-ins in Pennsylvania’s Wyoming Valley.  Most often Dr. Semendinger reads the daily health column and contributes an inspirational passage as well.

More than all of this, a family man, Dr. Semendinger enjoys and greatly values the time he can spend as a husband and “Dad” with his wife and three sons.  There is nothing he is prouder of than the fact that he is a good dad and husband.

Character Interview

Host:  We are here with Principal Sam, the main character in a new series          of picture books.  Welcome Principal Sam.

Principal Sam:  Hello.  Thanks for having me.

Host:  Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Principal Sam:  Yes.  I am a lucky man.  I am the principal of Sunnyside School, an elementary school with great kids and teachers.

Host:  That’s nice.  What, if anything, is special about your school?

Principal Sam:  The student, especially, help me.

Host:  They help you?        

Principal Sam:  Yes.  I get confused sometimes.

Host:  I don’t understand.

Principal Sam:  Neither do I sometimes.

Host:  No.  I don’t understand how the kids help you.  What are you confused about?  

Principal Sam:  I get confused about all sorts of things.

Host:  Like what?

Principal Sam:  Holidays.  I mix them up sometimes.

Host:  How do you mix-up a holiday?

Principal Sam:  I once tried to celebrate Thanksgiving on Valentine’s Day.

Host:  How did that work out?

Principal Sam:  It was ok.  The kids helped me figure it out.  One student gave me a Valentine’s Day card.

Host:  How have you worked through this problem?

Principal Sam:  The students and teachers helped me.

Host:  What did they do?

Principal Sam:  I can’t tell you that.  It’s how my book ends.  You’ll have to read the book to find it out.

Host:  Fair enough.  Can you tell me if you confuse anything else?

Principal Sam:  Sports.  I get confused there as well.

Host:  You mix-up sports? 

Principal Sam:  Yes.  I say things like “Touchdown!” when students score in basketball.

Host:  Can you tell me how you fixed that problem?

Principal Sam:  Nope.  That’s what my second book is all about.

Host:  How many books will you have?

Principal Sam:  I’m hoping a lot.  Right now I have five book titles.  The one about sports, “Principal Sam Gets Fit,” is in production.  The others will come in time.

Host:  What do you know a lot about?

Principal Sam:  Being kind.  Helping others.  Working hard.  Those are things I believe in and teach the students at Sunnyside School.  We all support and help each other.

Host:  It sounds like you have a special school.

Principal Sam:  I do.  Now what was your name again?

Host:  I don’t think I ever told you my name.

Principal Sam:  You might have, and I just forgot.

Host:  I don’t think I did.

Principal Sam:  Well, it’s nice talking to you anyway.

Host:  The pleasure was all mine.  Yikes!  We are out of time.  Thanks for coming.  I hope to see you again Principal Sam.

Principal Sam:  Me too.  Thank you so very much!

KEYWORDS: Children’s Books, Kid’s Books, School, Holidays, Principals, School Children, Action/Adventure

How in the world could Principal Sam get his holidays mixed up? The kids at Sunnyside rush to his aid in this adorable picture book that will have your child smiling and laughing with delight.

Principal Sam is the principal at Sunnyside School.  An excellent school leader, Principal Sam works hard to make his school one that is a positive and enjoyable place of learning for children.   There’s only one problem, Principal Sam is forgetful and he often confuses simple things.  When this happens, it’s up to the children and the teachers in the school to come to Principal’s Sam’s assistance.

Sometimes Principal Sam can't remember.. what day it is!

When Principal Sam starts to mix up the holidays, it’s up to the schoolchildren to help him out!

How will Principal Sam learn to keep his holidays straight? Find out inside!


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