Gamechanger

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Six months ago, I wrote a book manuscript.

Two months ago, I crossed my fingers and sent it off to my dream publisher.

And three days ago, after a 60-minute Google Hangouts teleconference, I officially received word that these very same publishers — the amazing people over at Dave Burgess Consulting — the upstart outfit behind the New York Times bestseller Teach Like a Pirate, and dozens of equally amazing education titles like Matt Miller’s Ditch That Textbook, George Couros’ The Innovator’s Mindset, Michael Matera’s eXPlore Like a Pirate, and Alice Keeler’s 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom (just to name a few) — have decided to publish it.

Received the contract in the mail this afternoon, which means that I will formally begin the manuscript editing and revision process tomorrow.

And copies will be available on Amazon and in bookstores in the Spring of 2019.

More details to come down the line, but for now — I’m simply excited to share this news, and humbled, honored, and overwhelmed by the roller coaster that has led me to this incredible and unexpected milestone in my professional journey. More importantly, I’d especially like to take a moment to thank my family, my students, and the amazing team of professionals who I get to count as both colleagues and friends.

You made this possible.

To anyone reading this: thank you. For your enthusiasm. Your love. Your support. Your comments. Your questions. Your tweets. Your emails. And all your other insight along the way. For listening. For brainstorming. For conferencing. For challenging me to become a better version of myself as both an educator and as a three-dimensional person both in and outside of the classroom.

I can’t wait to show you all the cool stuff we have in store.

Author: John

John Meehan (@MeehanEDU) is an English teacher and school instructional coach at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia. He began his teaching career in 2010 as a career switcher through The New Teacher Project, after spending five years working in social media and event marketing. He is a 2017 ASCD Emerging Leader, and an alumnus of the 2016-2018 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Teacher Advisory Council. In 2016, he was named one of Arlington, Virginia’s “40 Under 40” by the Leadership Center for Excellence. He is a past presenter and regular attendee at educational conferences throughout the United States, including the annual conference for National Catholic Education Association, ASCD Empower19, and the Play Like a Champion Today: Character Education Through Sports summer conference at the University of Notre Dame. He’s an avid runner who’s completed more than three dozen marathons, half marathons, long-distance road relays, mud runs, and obstacle course races. John lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his wife, Laura, a high school music teacher and fellow graduate of The Catholic University of America, and a giant-sized Maine Coon cat named Jack.

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