The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom (Paperback)

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“When a teacher gives anything other than glowing feedback, it's tough to keep from slipping into a defensive stance. Enter The Overly Honest Teacher...written by seasoned educator and administrator Meredith Essalat, M.Ed. The Overly Honest Teacher is filled with tangible advice from how to best communicate with your children's teachers to how to start your kids' school day off on the right foot.”

–Amy Lupold Bair, Founder of Resourceful Mommy Media, LLC

All parents want their children to have the tools to vocalize their emotions—to own their opinions, their fears, and their views of the world. But parents don’t always feel prepared to take on the role of model adult. 

As both a teacher and a school principal, Meredith Essalat has lived the daily challenges of helping children navigate through their young lives. She has seen the struggles that parents have as they balance long working hours with the demands of home life. She sees that it’s the teachers who are often caught in the middle. In an effort to stop pointing out each other's flaws—and instead letting kids know they are supported—Essalat offers hard-won pointers that enable parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another with accountability. 


Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, The Overly Honest Teacher educates  parents on how to embrace everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and learn vastly.

About the Author


Meredith Essalat is an elementary school principal in San Francisco, California. With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she has spent 9 years in middle school education as both teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. She possesses a B.A. in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and two M.Ed.: one in Curriculum and Instruction, and the other in Educational Leadership. Meredith resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Director Davis previously served as Commissioner between 2011 and 2016, including a tenure as Vice Chair of the Commission.

Praise For…


"If you’re like me, you were dying to be a fly on the wall in your little kid’s classroom, and with this book you kind of get to be. Meredith Essalat, a veteran of the classroom, gives us a brave and tender sneak peek into our children’s little world, serving as a much needed bridge between parents and educators." —Jill Kargman, the writer and star of the television show Odd Mom Out, based on her novel Momzillas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and has written for Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ, and many other magazines as well as television shows.

"As a single father to ten-year-old twin girls, I have always relied on my ‘little village’ in helping rear and care for my daughters. Meredith’s honesty, passion, integrity, and love for what she does and for our children ring true in every chapter of this book. I am a huge fan of this book and its heartfelt message." —David Kirsch, wellness visionary and founder of the award-winning Madison Square Club in New York City. He is the father of twin 10-year old daughters.

"The parent/teacher relationship needs to be one of mutual respect and transparency. Meredith has approached the subject with honesty, optimism and concrete strategies that can set up all families, and their children, for success." —Liz Vaccariello, Editor-In-Chief of Real Simple and former Editor of Parents Magazine

"The Overly Honest Teacher, by former teacher and administrator Meredith Essalat, M.Ed., is an urgent, intelligent book about forging sound parent-teacher relationships. Aiming to “strengthen and improve advocacy” for today’s children, Essalat tackles the tough stuff, almost as Judge Judy cuts through the chaff to get straight to the points that matter." —Shawn LaTorre, Shawn LaTorre

"This witty, honest and wise book, The Overly Honest Teacher shows parents and teachers how to have a healthy, working relationship that benefits their classroom kids or children. It is filled with quick antidotes and advice for the busy, modern-day parent." —Shay, Outnumbered 3 to 1

"Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, the Overly Honest Teacher shows parents how to welcome everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and take on the world." —Gina Rae Mitchell Blog

"In this book the author gives parenting advice from a teacher’s perspective. She clearly knows children. She wants us to filter what we say and how we act in front of our kids." —Kathleen, SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews 

"The Overly Honest Teacher is filled with tangible advice from how to best communicate with your children's teachers to how to start your kids' school day off on the right foot." —Amy Lupold Bair, Resourceful Mommy 

"Meredith gives a real, honest look at how we should view our children (they aren’t perfect and instead of trying to mold them into a perfect being that we want them to be, we should allow them to grow into who they are)." —Leila M Brenner, Leels Loves Books 

"This book is full of good advice, a little humor, and some touching real experiences. The biggest thing you should take away from it – your kids don’t need to be perfect to succeed. " —Liliyana Shadowlyn, The Faerie Review

"Meredith’s advice is written in a clear way and with a conciliatory tone. She is able to give good advice, and point out the pitfalls of being a parent in a school environment without judgement." —Stacey, It Takes a Woman

"Everything starts at home. How your child behaves and handles certain situations all begin at home. Ultimately, a child cannot be truly successful unless the parent-teacher relationship exists, and that’s the real lesson of this book." —MLM OPINIONS 

"Essalat offers hard-won pointers, enabling parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another while holding everyone accountable for their actions. The book was easy to read. The chapters are short and pointed, with anecdotes and examples." —Bekah, Motherhood Moment 

"The author offers imperatively needed parental guidance and non confrontational questions that can be asked in being involved in the adolescent's' life. If you wait to read this book until your child is well into his/her teenage years, then you may have waited too long." —Rockin Book Reviews 

"Meredith Essalat M.Ed has written a insightful book with her newest release, The Overly Honest Teacher: Parenting Advice from the Classroom. I thought it was a pretty good reference guide for parenting." —Amybooksy  

"The techniques and strategies in The Overly Honest Teacher are simple, logical, and easy to incorporate. The approach to the topic is interesting and engaging and the tips and tools are well-balanced and help make parental involvement positive and responsible." — Mamta Madhavan, Readers' Favorite 

"This book shares in full transparency how one educator views her role and the role of parents in the classroom. Meredeth brings us on her journey as an educator from when she first entered the classroom until now." —Justabxmom



Product Details
ISBN: 9781951412050
ISBN-10: 1951412052
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication Date: October 13th, 2020
Pages: 128
Language: English

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