My name is Brigitte Massimiliano and for the past few years I have been introducing my grade 5/6 classes to the written prose of Paul Toffanello. My students enjoyed his novels so much that I contacted Paul with a request that he visit my classroom in Sudbury, Ontario.
He did! Paul is not only a gifted author but his ability to inspire young boys and girls to write what they know is truly remarkable. I have witnessed young gifted students with an interest in reading soar to new levels, and at the same time I’ve seen Paul’s classroom ability affect disinterested students in such a way that they have become inspired to write and read with a new and sincere vigour. I continue to hope Paul will find time to return to my classroom. His wit, charm and his love of literature has a very positive impact on those in his presence.
Brigitte Massimiliano: Teacher, Holy Cross Catholic School, Sudbury, Ontario