The Noisy Classroom, a book about an unconventional classroom, is a story about change, uncertainty, and nontraditional learning.
“Ms. Johnson’s class is the noisy class in the school. When the doors are closed you can always hear music wafting into the hallway. When the narrator hears she’ll be in Ms. Johnson’s class next year she plans to run away to Antarctica. All summer she worries. All summer she plans her escape… but with September drawing near… what will she do?”
About the Author
Angela Shanté Johnson is a poet, writer, editor, and educator with a Masters in Elementary Education and an MFA in Creative Writing. She grew up in New York City where she first fell in love with words and storytelling. In her own classroom, she believes in having fun, playing games, moving around, dancing, and enjoying the education experience; for her students and herself. Angela always knew two things: (1) she loved teaching students to read and write, and (2) she wanted to write stories that children would love to read and would inspire them to write. Currently she works as an educational consultant and curriculum specialist in southern California.
Who is Angela Shanté?
I’m a teacher, poet, and writer. When I am not writing I work as an educational consultant and curriculum specialist.
How did you come to know you wanted to be a writer?
I liked writing poetry as a kid. When I was in Middle School a teacher entered one of my poems into a contest that won me entry into a kids anthology book. There was a big ceremony and dinner at a college in New York and I, a girl who rarely left The Bronx, was both honored and blown away. It felt nice to have people connect and relate to my work and ever since I’ve been writing poetry and sharing it.
Did you go to school to be a writer?
When I went to college I majored in Education because I loved kids and wanted to work in the public school system. All the while I was teaching I was performing in open mics around New York City. I later went back to school to get an MFA in Creative Writing because I wanted to strengthen my pen on the page.
What is your picture book about?
My picture book is called “The Noisy Classroom” and it’s about my time in the classroom. I’ve always had one leg in education and the other in the literary world. I wrote the book because I wanted to bring them together.
What’s next for you?
I’m currently working on an experimental novel/poetry book called “A Bodega of One’s Own” another picture book, titled, “The Noisy Classroom Goes to the Library” and my second book, “When my Cousins Come to Town” pubs May 2021.
What is one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to be a writer?
I’d say, if you want to be a writer you need to write, you should get a writing group/community that feeds your writer-soul, and you should read… a lot.
What is a writing dream of yours?
At the moment I’m in the Hillman Grad Mentorship program headed by Lena Waithe. My dream goal is to get something produced by her production company. She’s doing amazing things with respect to diversity and representation in front of and behind the camera. I’d like my pilot or one of my page-projects to be picked up and put on screen. That would be a dream come true!
Places you can find the author and book!
Authors website: www.angelashante.com