You’ve heard of Bill Nye, the Science Guy? How about, Eileen Jedlicka? She’s the Dunwoody teacher that makes social studies and history fun.
A Dunwoody resident since 1979, Jedlicka taught school for 30 years before she retired and started writing her first of three books that bring history to life in a manner that’s quite appealing to young readers.
In her most recent work, Jedlicka combines her passion for creative teaching with her passion for baseball and has published, “Saved at Home,” a journey through American history narrated by “Baseball.”
The story begins during the Civil War and travels through WWII’s women’s baseball league, Jackie Robinson’s move from baseball’s Negro League to the major leagues, the Cold War’s effect on America’s fascination with the sport, and ends up with America as it heals from Sept. 11, 2001.
The 156-page paperback is geared to young readers, ages 10 - 15. Jedlicka titles the genre, “historical fantasy” because though the time travel and talking baseball are fantasy, all dates and content are historically accurate, and are designed to make the reader feel a part of history.
Similarly, her second book, “Social Studies Makes Me Sleepy,” examines five periods of history told from the perspective of five children. The story covers the Children’s March in Birmingham, a Japanese internment camp during WWII, Ellis Island and post-war Berlin.
And her first book, “In the Blink on An Eye — A Mannequin’s Tale,” was co-written by one of her former students, Kelly Huban, who was in ninth grade when she and Jedlicka collaborated on the publication.
“Saved at Home,” and the others are available via Amazon and via eileenjedlicka.com.
A Legacy of Educating Children. The original Dunwoody Elementary School opened 115 years ago this year, and its post-Civil War roots make it the only school in the state of Georgia that can make that claim.
To celebrate its rich past, Dunwoody Elementary School’s PTO sought help from the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association and the Dunwoody Preservation Trust to fund a permanent exhibit that would ilustrate and celebrate that history. Four 20’ x 40’, black and white canvases have been designed and will be unveiled next week at a special dinner at the school.
All members of the community are invited to the dinner and/or to the reception following.
The canvases depict various time frames in the schools history, as well as some of its most influential leaders, such as Mrs. Nettie Austin, a teacher for 46 years, and the namesake of Austin Elementary.
The Family Dinner Night will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. To attend, please call 678-875-4002.