Praise for Laura’s writing

Laura continues to inspire others

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Laura Starner both professionally and personally for the past 20 years. She is an intelligent, dedicated and hard working woman of God. Laura has been inspirational to everyone she meets. As an educator, she demonstrated her passion for learning in the classroom which translated to her students inspiring them to soar.

When she became an administrator, she encouraged her staff to reach their highest potential. Parents and community members were motivated to help her make a difference.
Though tragedy struck, Laura kept her head held high and her faith in The Lord. Smiling through good days and bad, a balding head, trips to the clinic for chemotherapy and radiation, she triumphed! Laura’s story is an amazing testimony of strength, courage, and love.

Laura continues to inspire others through her blog, articles, and upcoming book. You too, will be touched by her work.

Gale MacLeod
Acting Assistant Principal
Medulla Elementary

2017-05-18T11:18:31+00:00

Gale MacLeod
Acting Assistant Principal
Medulla Elementary

I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Laura Starner both professionally and personally for the past 20 years. She is an intelligent, dedicated and hard working woman of God. Laura has been inspirational to everyone she meets. As an educator, she demonstrated her passion for learning in the classroom which translated to her students inspiring them to soar. When she became an administrator, she encouraged her staff to reach their highest potential. Parents and community members were motivated to help her make a difference. Though tragedy struck, Laura kept her head held high and her faith in The Lord. Smiling through good days and bad, a balding head, trips to the clinic for chemotherapy and radiation, she triumphed! Laura’s story is an amazing testimony of strength, courage, and love. Laura continues to inspire others through her blog, articles, and upcoming book. You too, will be touched by her work.

She has touched my life

I met Laura nearly 20 years ago. I was beginning my second year of teaching and Laura joined our Kindergarten team after devoting time to be with her own children during their early years. Upon joining our staff, Laura made an immediate impact: for the students in her class, for our grade-level team and for me personally as my friend.

As a Kindergarten teacher, Laura was hard-working, professional and always kept her kids and their families first. As a fellow team member, she was positive, collegial and helped us all grow and become better educators. As my friend, she was a mentor and trusted confidante. Although we only taught together for six years, those years were rich and full! We encouraged and supported one another through the arduous process of National Board Certification. We collaborated with one another to plan engaging lessons for our students and together we celebrated our students’ progress! Not only did these six years afford me the opportunity to work alongside Laura professionally but I also had the opportunity to coach Laura’s teenage daughter who was a member of our local varsity high school team. Seeing Laura outside of school, in the role of parent, only deepened my respect. Now with two young children myself, I strive to instill the same values that Laura instilled in her girls. Paige and Kelsey are now two accomplished, independent, confident and compassionate young women with careers and beautiful families of their own.

Although our professional careers eventually took different paths, we remained close. I always knew that Laura was destined for leadership positions that would enable her to touch the lives of even more children and impact the professional lives of more educators. Laura set this path in motion when she left her teaching position and became a reading coach, sharing her literacy expertise with her K-5 colleagues. It was during this time that she also completed her degree in Educational Leadership. She then became an Assistant Principal at a highly successful elementary school before eventually leading her own school as principal. Laura’s success was a direct result of her passion for education, her work-ethic, her tenacity and her focus on all things positive.

These same characteristics, as well as her unshakeable faith and the support of her family, carried her through her breast cancer diagnosis, treatment and now her outreach as a SURVIVOR!

Laura’s journey is a remarkable one. I am so thrilled that she has chosen to draw upon her collective experiences as a wife, mom, educator, cancer survivor and woman of faith to share her story of hope as a way to support, educate and inspire others. She certainly has touched my life in this way and for that, I am grateful. Thank you, Laura. I am honored to call you my friend.

Dr. Katy Cortelyou, Education Consultant

2017-05-18T11:22:54+00:00

Dr. Katy Cortelyou, Education Consultant

I met Laura nearly 20 years ago. I was beginning my second year of teaching and Laura joined our Kindergarten team after devoting time to be with her own children during their early years. Upon joining our staff, Laura made an immediate impact: for the students in her class, for our grade-level team and for me personally as my friend. As a Kindergarten teacher, Laura was hard-working, professional and always kept her kids and their families first. As a fellow team member, she was positive, collegial and helped us all grow and become better educators. As my friend, she was a mentor and trusted confidante. Although we only taught together for six years, those years were rich and full! We encouraged and supported one another through the arduous process of National Board Certification. We collaborated with one another to plan engaging lessons for our students and together we celebrated our students’ progress! Not only did these six years afford me the opportunity to work alongside Laura professionally but I also had the opportunity to coach Laura’s teenage daughter who was a member of our local varsity high school team. Seeing Laura outside of school, in the role of parent, only deepened my respect. Now with two young children myself, I strive to instill the same values that Laura instilled in her girls. Paige and Kelsey are now two accomplished, independent, confident and compassionate young women with careers and beautiful families of their own. Although our professional careers eventually took different paths, we remained close. I always knew that Laura was destined for leadership positions that would enable her to touch the lives of even more children and impact the professional lives of more educators. Laura set this path in motion when she left her teaching position and became a reading...

I learned to understand my own body

Laura Starner’s story about her journey through breast cancer struck me on all emotional levels. Not only is she an accurate and prolific note keeper, but it was put into words so that I was able to understand even the technical terms. In the process, I learned to understand my own body a little more.

When I picked up the book and started reading, I could not put it down. I had to know what happened next and sometimes I just let tears roll down my cheeks.

While I was Laura's supervisor in the school system, she never complained and was just as accurate with her school record keeping. She was at work and it was unknown that she critically made her appointments for after school hours and so that the effects of treatment mainly happened on weekends. She is the ultimate professional.

This story is a must read not only for someone diagnosed, but for every woman and man. It could change your life as it has mine!

Diana Hill Myrick
Retired, Senior Director
Polk County Elementary Schools

2017-05-18T11:25:28+00:00

Diana Hill Myrick
Retired, Senior Director
Polk County Elementary Schools

Laura Starner’s story about her journey through breast cancer struck me on all emotional levels. Not only is she an accurate and prolific note keeper, but it was put into words so that I was able to understand even the technical terms. In the process, I learned to understand my own body a little more. When I picked up the book and started reading, I could not put it down. I had to know what happened next and sometimes I just let tears roll down my cheeks. While I was Laura's supervisor in the school system, she never complained and was just as accurate with her school record keeping. She was at work and it was unknown that she critically made her appointments for after school hours and so that the effects of treatment mainly happened on weekends. She is the ultimate professional. This story is a must read not only for someone diagnosed, but for every woman and man. It could change your life as it has mine!

Her words will encourage and inspire others

My colleague, co-leader at our school, and friend, Laura, didn't know how easy or hard the path would be after her cancer diagnosis, and there were days it was really hard. But through it all, she remained committed as possible to the responsibilities of her job of Assistant Principal, and she kept me focused (as she always did) on remembering the students and the importance of their learning, even when the challenges of running a large school seemed to take center stage. Her knowledge and love of children's learning has always made her heart beat, and she carried her passion and strength into her next professional opportunity as a Principal at a neighboring school after her treatment and recovery. I'm grateful for the intersection of our lives and am confident her words will inspire and encourage others in the midst of one of life's challenges.

Julie Ward

2017-05-18T11:26:22+00:00

Julie Ward

My colleague, co-leader at our school, and friend, Laura, didn't know how easy or hard the path would be after her cancer diagnosis, and there were days it was really hard. But through it all, she remained committed as possible to the responsibilities of her job of Assistant Principal, and she kept me focused (as she always did) on remembering the students and the importance of their learning, even when the challenges of running a large school seemed to take center stage. Her knowledge and love of children's learning has always made her heart beat, and she carried her passion and strength into her next professional opportunity as a Principal at a neighboring school after her treatment and recovery. I'm grateful for the intersection of our lives and am confident her words will inspire and encourage others in the midst of one of life's challenges.

We Can All Learn And Benefit From The Experiences Of This Woman Of Faith

What a blessing it was that Laura Starner’s career and life should intersect with mine. As a lifelong educator, I have had many professional and personal relationships. Sometime during the 1999 school year a fellow principal and I had an important conversation about the amazing teachers that we were privileged to work with at our respective school settings. We were extolling the talents and abilities of a young group of professionals who were some of the finest educators we had ever come across. Listing their skills and gifts ran the gamut from literacy specialists, classroom managers, optimists, communicators, compassionate thinkers, problem solvers, to creators of real world scenarios, and the list goes on. My friend mentioned that several of her superstars were making the move from classroom assignments to resources specialists and on to assistant principals. She shared several names with me.

Fast forward five years and I was fortunate to be able to select one of these superstars as my assistant principal: Laura L. Starner. Laura’s professional journey was amazing: a classroom teacher with the magic touch, the consummate reading coach and resource for struggling students; organized, supportive curriculum specialist at a newly created elementary school; firm, loving, and positive shaper of young character in an ethnically diverse school setting; engaging facilitator for professional development; and conciliator among and between teachers, students, parents, and community.

Oh, did I mention that during this time she also raised two successful, compassionate daughters, supported a husband on the corporate fast track, raised up her friends and loved ones whenever needed, she trusted God and lived her faith, and … yes, she also fought a long, brave, horrific fight against stage three breast cancer. She faced every challenge, every adversity, every setback with hope and praise for her Lord and Savior.

In the midst of her hard fought battle, her faith was tested, but she came out the other side with a refined sense of her role in God’s world. It was during this fight that Laura also assumed the leadership role of principal of one of the largest elementary schools in her district. She began to write and share her joys and sorrows while always standing on the Word. We can all learn and benefit from the experiences of this woman of faith; teacher of all children; leader in public education; a loving mother, wife, and now Grandma!

Debra Edmiston
Senior Director of Elementary Education, Retired

2017-05-18T11:27:44+00:00

Debra Edmiston
Senior Director of Elementary Education, Retired

What a blessing it was that Laura Starner’s career and life should intersect with mine. As a lifelong educator, I have had many professional and personal relationships. Sometime during the 1999 school year a fellow principal and I had an important conversation about the amazing teachers that we were privileged to work with at our respective school settings. We were extolling the talents and abilities of a young group of professionals who were some of the finest educators we had ever come across. Listing their skills and gifts ran the gamut from literacy specialists, classroom managers, optimists, communicators, compassionate thinkers, problem solvers, to creators of real world scenarios, and the list goes on. My friend mentioned that several of her superstars were making the move from classroom assignments to resources specialists and on to assistant principals. She shared several names with me. Fast forward five years and I was fortunate to be able to select one of these superstars as my assistant principal: Laura L. Starner. Laura’s professional journey was amazing: a classroom teacher with the magic touch, the consummate reading coach and resource for struggling students; organized, supportive curriculum specialist at a newly created elementary school; firm, loving, and positive shaper of young character in an ethnically diverse school setting; engaging facilitator for professional development; and conciliator among and between teachers, students, parents, and community. Oh, did I mention that during this time she also raised two successful, compassionate daughters, supported a husband on the corporate fast track, raised up her friends and loved ones whenever needed, she trusted God and lived her faith, and … yes, she also fought a long, brave, horrific fight against stage three breast cancer. She faced every challenge, every adversity, every setback with hope and praise for her Lord and Savior. In the...