My name is Cyndy Drew Etler. I am a teacher, teen life coach and author. I am writing this letter to introduce you to my book, STRAIGHTLING, and its accompanying website.
STRAIGHTLING is a memoir recounting my adolescent years, and the pain I endured at the hands of the system. The lessons that I teach young people through the sharing of my story can open the doors of communication for teens who face any types of struggles, not just those with problems similar to my own.
Most importantly, allowing students to read my very genuine, but often painful, story can better prepare them to be aware of their own needs, and the needs of other students in their schools. It shows them that they are far from alone.
While the details of my problems may be alarming to some, they will be topics that are all too familiar to many teenagers today. I handle the specific incidents of abuse in my book with as much dignity as the situation allows. While the original edition of STRAIGHTLING contains some adult situations and profanity, none of it is gratuitous or used for shock value. Rather, it represents an accurate portrayal of the events as they occurred. The school edition, on the other hand, has been scrubbed free of stronger language and content.
The school edition features discussion questions that target the concerns of young adults. A Common Core-based curriculum is available, at no charge, at www.cyndyetler.com/books; you will also find links to the music mentioned throughout the book.
Thank you, and I look forward to sharing these life-changing moments with your students.
Cyndy Etler, M.Ed.
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