Eileen L. Ziesler (author) worked toward her master's degree in special education between 1973 and 1977 while becoming a mother to three children. In 1978 Eileen became the the Ladysmith School District's first early childhood teacher. Her first student was a three-year old named Jenny.
During her teaching career, Eileen edited and wrote for two state newsletters, the Council for Exceptional Children's Division for Early Childhood and the Autism Society of Wisconsin. She presented at various state and national conventions on the topics of early literacy, autism, and grieving.
Twenty-four years passed and Eileen retired from the early childhood program to other dreams of writing and community involvement. Through a mentoring program, Jenny and Eileen found each other again and became friends. Because of Jenny, Eileen and Jenny's mother, Janelle, renewed their friendship and collaborated on their first picture book, TOADS.
"Toad Events" (author events for children) have been held in schools, libraries, and art museums in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Vermont, Utah, and Colorado. Recently, Eileen wrote and published a science fiction novel spanning a period of almost 300 years. The novel brings together stories heard from her father about digging a well with conjectures about how the scarcity of water and global warming will affect the common man in the world of the future.
Their next book, Little Sprout is a story of ancestry, of finding one’s place in the world and of being loved and supported by parents, grandparents, and those who came before. Children and the families who love them will share these deeper meanings as they enjoy Little Sprout’s story. By inserting their own family photos and names on the family tree, they will be able to personalize the book and tell their own unique story.
These three books and their back stories form the basis for interesting events for children and adults.
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Writing and Editing
- Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce, Ladysmith, WI
- The Writers Exchange, Ladysmith, WI
- Rusk Area Arts Alliance, Rusk County, WI
- Author Appearance