My name is Sarah K. Blodgett. I’m the youngest of five children and grew up in the coastal town of Mystic, CT. I was a day-dreamy creative kid that loved to make up stories in my head. I was very social during my middle school years and did OK academically. In high school, I became fascinated with working in an office and took mostly business classes, including stenography. As a high school sophomore, I started working as a secretary part time and continued doing that throughout college. I attended community college and received a degree in Business Administration and went on to become an administrative assistant to the senior partner of a well-respected law firm in New London, CT.
Over the years, I worked my way up in the law firm to a senior paralegal position. As boring as law sounds to many, I found my creativity back in play. You see, I had this knack for finding the unusual when I was researching and investigating cases. This, in turn, led to a lot of nice settlements for our clients. Luckily, I was working on cases that truly helped people, so it made it very rewarding. After about ten years, I decided to stay home with my two children. And in their later years, that senior partner I once worked for would send cases my way to work on from home.
During this period, I also earned my bachelor’s degree cum laude from the University of Connecticut in General Studies. My concentration was in Social Science with a minor in Political Science. As well, I volunteered extensively in my kids’ schools.
By now you probably realize my son struggled to learn to read. In turn, I became an advocate for reading reform in the public school system he attended. In fact, I’m sure some school administrators found me to be a big pain in their side, and I apologize for that. I believe my cause was worthy, but after spending years researching various languages throughout the world, I now realize the stress they’ve been under, as our writing system is the hardest to endure. But, my heart has always been in the right place. You see, I truly care about kids, and as a school volunteer, I saw so many kids struggle with reading. It really bothered me a great deal. I especially worried about the ones that didn’t have the support at home to get them through. Not everyone has the luxury of time and money, or the research skills to figure things out. So, I felt compelled to share my resources and help them. I strongly believe every kid deserves a shot. And, I strongly believe we need to do everything we can to support our teachers.
For a while my kids attended Waldorf schools. Waldorf schools approach education from a holistic perspective; they’re motto being head, heart, and hands. I have a deep love for this approach to education and studied it extensively, as well. In fact, I’m sure you’ll pick up on this fact when reading my books. They’re very meaningful in that way.
My dear character, Franklin Noah Peterson, came to me years ago, when I was making up stories for my children. They couldn’t get enough of him. I always made sure the stories were mystical but also on the edge of reality, like maybe this really could be true. The stories always reflected the values I wanted to impart on them — the love of nature, imagination, kindness, empathy, and courage. When I was in the midst of researching Noah Text, it was my children that encouraged me to make these stories into books. And I have to say, it was one of the best experiences of my life, as the characters truly live in my heart. In fact, I’ve had Book Four brewing in my head for a while now. As you may have noticed, I’ve indicated these books were written for ages 9 to adult, as it truly is a coming of age series following Frank through his freshman year of college. And I have to say, thus far, the adults that have read them haven’t been able to get enough of him either, which makes me very happy!
The Zack early readers are my most recent writing endeavor, and I’m very excited about them. Although the books consist of only one syllable words, I’m amazed at how deep I am able to go with the stories. Like the Franklin Noah Peterson books, they’re filled with the same magic and meaningful values. My kids, Timothy, Elizabeth, Trevor, and Christine, are the awesome illustrators of this series. They are very talented young adults! And no, Trevor and Christine are not technically my kids, but I adore them like they’re my own!
Luckily, my husband David has given me unwavering support throughout this whole process. He’s never once thought I was off my rocker for taking on this task. And my friend, Dr. Miriam Cherkes-Julkowski, the education expert I often refer to in my writings and my video, has been my true inspiration for Noah Text. Her extensive research and writing on reading instruction should be looked at very closely. And I love that she has a special place in her heart for Franklin Noah Peterson, as well. She’s always given me her true insight on my writing and on the subject of Noah Text. So for that, I am very grateful.
Bottom line, I’m going to do everything I can to bring Noah Text to the adults and kids that need it – to make them strong, confident, curious readers. I believe in it with all my heart. I hope you will join me on this journey. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”
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