Public School Special Education Teacher Opens Up in New Book

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Laurel Lorraine Lancer offers a revealing and heartfelt glimpse into her accomplished career.

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Relating her teaching approach with the many memorable students she worked with over her years as a public school teacher, Laurel Lorraine Lancer delivers “Love Is in This Room: Memories of Teaching Special Kids” (published by Trafford Publishing), her new book in which she shares the love she felt for her students and for teaching.

With 45 years of experience working with special education students in the public school system under her belt, Lancer has seen many students come and go. In “Love Is in This Room,” Lancer invites readers into her life and her classroom as she shares intimate stories from her career. She built special relationships with both her students and her colleagues and is a vocal advocate for the merits of this level of personal and professional investment. Many close relationships that she gained in teaching and counseling her students have endured for many years.

During her time as a teacher, the public school system continuously evolved before her eyes, and “Love Is in This Room” shares some of the changes she witnessed and how she perceived those changes. For instance, at one point she decries the “robotic” transformation of teachers by current education methods.

But “Love Is in This Room” is more than an analysis of public school system policies. It is her personal account of working with students who were emotionally disturbed, learning disabled, autistic, intellectually disabled, and gifted. She shares some of the changes that her school system underwent in the special education department while providing poignant stories about her individual experiences with students.

About the Author
Laurel Lorraine Lancer, Ph.D. is a retired teacher. She taught in the public school system in a mid-sized city for 42 years. Lancer has her masters in special education and a doctorate in higher education and psychology from a private university, where, while studying for her doctorate, she taught special education to other teachers. She was a single mom for a number of years, teaching in school while raising two children. She is a professional artist – sculptor and painter – with an art website and credentials for juried exhibits, awards and honors. Lancer volunteers with older elementary school students, teaching creative writing skills and helping young children become published poets.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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