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The Overly Honest Teacher
The Overly Honest Teacher

The Overly Honest Teacher

Parenting Advice from the Classroom


128 Pages, 5.5 x 8.25

Formats: Trade Paper, EPUB

Trade Paper, $16.95 (CA $22.95) (US $16.95)

Publication Date: October 2020

ISBN 9781951412050

Rights: WOR

The Collective Book Studio (Oct 2020)


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All parents want their children to be able to vocalize how they are feeling—to own their emotions, their opinions, their fears, and their views of the world. To achieve this, parents need to be models, showing their kids the importance of honest dialogue and effective listening. But parents don't always feel prepared. As both a teacher and school principal, Meredith Essalat has lived the daily challenges of helping children navigate through their young lives. She has seen the struggles that parents have as they balance longer working hours with the demands of home life. And how it's the teachers who are often caught in the middle. In an effort to stop pointing out each other's flaws—and instead letting kids know they are supported—Meredith offers hard-won pointers, enabling parents, teachers, and students alike to encourage one another while holding everyone accountable for their actions. Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, the Overly Honest Teacher shows parents how to welcome everyday parenting gracefully.


"If you're like me, you were dying to be a fly on the wall in your little kid's classroom, and with this book you kind of get to be. Meredith Essalat, a veteran of the classroom, gives us a brave and tender sneak peek into our children's little world, serving as a much needed bridge between parents and educators." —Jill Kargman, the writer and star of the television show Odd Mom Out, based on her novel Momzillas. She is a New York Times bestselling author and has written for Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, and many other magazines as well as television shows.

"As a single father to ten-year-old twin girls, I have always relied on my 'little village' in helping rear and care for my daughters. Meredith's honesty, passion, integrity, and love for what she does and for our children ring true in every chapter of this book. I am a huge fan of this book and its heartfelt message." —David Kirsch, wellness visionary and founder of the award-winning Madison Square Club in New York City. He is the father of twin 10-year old daughters.

"The parent/teacher relationship needs to be one of mutual respect and transparency. Meredith has approached the subject with honesty, optimism and concrete strategies that can set up all families, and their children, for success." —Liz Vaccariello, Editor-In-Chief of Real Simple and former Editor of Parents Magazine

"The Overly Honest Teacher, by former teacher and administrator Meredith Essalat, M.Ed., is an urgent, intelligent book about forging sound parent-teacher relationships. Aiming to "strengthen and improve advocacy" for today's children, Essalat tackles the tough stuff, almost as Judge Judy cuts through the chaff to get straight to the points that matter." —Shawn LaTorre, Shawn LaTorre

"This witty, honest and wise book, The Overly Honest Teacher shows parents and teachers how to have a healthy, working relationship that benefits their classroom kids or children. It is filled with quick antidotes and advice for the busy, modern-day parent." —Shay, Outnumbered 3 to 1

"Combining humor with straightforward, practical advice, the Overly Honest Teacher shows parents how to welcome everyday parenting gracefully. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and take on the world." —Gina Rae Mitchell Blog

"In this book the author gives parenting advice from a teacher's perspective. She clearly knows children. She wants us to filter what we say and how we act in front of our kids." —Kathleen, SMS Nonfiction Book Reviews 

"The Overly Honest Teacher is filled with tangible advice from how to best communicate with your children's teachers to how to start your kids' school day off on the right foot." —Amy Lupold Bair, Resourceful Mommy 

Author Biography

Meredith Essalat is an elementary school principal in San Francisco, California. With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she has spent 9 years in middle school education as both teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. She possesses a B.A. in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, and two M.Ed.: one in Curriculum and Instruction, and the other in Educational Leadership. Meredith resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Sheryl Evans Davis is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC). Director Davis previously served as Commissioner between 2011 and 2016, including a tenure as Vice Chair of the Commission.