COMMENTS FROM TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS
“Dr. John Becker provided our students with a fascinating day of information and stories about his popular nonfiction animal books. The students, staff and parents were very impressed with the amount of time that Dr. Becker took with each individual in autographing books. We would thoroughly enjoy having
Dr. John Becker return in the near future.”
— James.D. Taylor, Principal, Myrtle Avenue Elementary, Pittsburgh, PA.
“We at Immaculate Conception School truly enjoy our annual visit by Dr. Becker. John's ability to motivate and excite students about the writing process is second to none. Our students find John's knowledge of wildlife truly intriguing. John has a special way of integrating science, geography, and the writing process while exciting students about the endless possibilities related to both non-fiction and creative writing.”
— John Zucal, Principal, Immaculate Conception School, Dennison, OH.
“Dr. Becker has been a chosen author visit for four years in a row here at Scioto Trail. Our children look forward to his visits and are always entertained by his stories and anecdotes about nature and animals. Our Ohio Fourth Grade Proficiency scores in Writing have increased to 83.7%!! This is well above the state standard and we owe this, in part, to Dr. Becker's visits, helping us reinforce the value of writing and expression. The staff and students are very excited about next year's visit and the new picture book.”
— Candace M. Nespeca, Principal, Scioto Trail Elementary, Columbus, OH.
Dr. Becker spent a day at our school, describing his approach to research, writing, and his life’s work in conservation efforts. Dr. Becker described his experience in collecting information from print library resources, from Internet resources, and from field work. His rapport with students was outstanding, making the experience meaningful and memorable, bringing science to life for his students. Hosting a visit from Dr. Becker brought a heightened understanding of the delicate balance between the environment and animal life of our communities. What better way for students to become motivated to act as caring stewards of local wild places and wildlife habitats?”
— Jane Sestric, Librarian, Ross Elementary, Pittsburgh, PA.