On September 23, 2017, Tim Ramsey, seventh grade writing teacher at Westwind Elementary, was honored by the Arizona English Teachers Association. Tim entered the association's annual Teachers as Writers Contest submitting works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. He won first place honors in all three categories. This was the first time in the association's history that one person has accomplished this feat.
Mr. Ramsey has received recognition for his writing by the AETA five times previously. In addition, he has been published five times by the editors of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. A sixth publication will appear in the October 31 release of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone. Tim will be signing copies of this and the other five books containing his stories at Barnes and Noble Booksellers located at 1446 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear, Arizona 85395 on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.
Tim is the author of the book, The Hugs on My Shirt, a collection of tales about students who have taught this educator to lead with his heart even in the current age of intense data analysis and high-stakes accountability. He is currently a contributor to the EdWords blog for the BAM Radio Network, an organization dedicated to addressing a whole child philosophy for educating our children.