In her 35 years as an educator, Lee Pesky Learning Center’s Professional Development Director, Cristianne Lane, is no stranger to leading writing workshops for teachers and children. Cristianne, and the experienced training department at LPLC, facilitate writing workshops of which hundreds of teachers across the state of Idaho have attended. A published author herself, Cristianne and LPLC staff realize the importance of fostering a love of learning in young children.
One of those young children, eight-year-old Dillon Helbig, captured the attention of Boise residents when he was featured on KTVB Channel 7 News on January 19, 2022. As shared on the feature, Dillon had always wanted to be an author and took matters into his own hands by writing a book and covertly depositing it on the shelves of the Lake Hazel Library. Inspired by Dillon’s self-initiative and desire to become a writer, Cristianne offered to lead a writing workshop with Dillon at his local library.
According to Cristianne, “All schools have libraries and it is so easy to do just what this library did—honor student authors. Working at Lee Pesky Learning Center provides our trainers an opportunity to share ideas that help teachers inspire children to write.”
Read more about Dillon’s story and the writing workshop as shared by the Washington Post here.