Review: The Overly Honest Teacher

The Overly Honest Teacher

Parenting Advice from the Classroom

by Meredith Essalat M.ED.

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. Essalat 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” is a fresh take on 21st century child-rearing and development. The results will be well-adjusted, positive, enthusiastic young adults ready to work hard and take on the world. And isn’t that what we all want for our children?



5 out of 5

The Overly Honest Teacher is a book all parents should read. I grew up in a household where you didn’t talk about your emotions, and if it wasn’t perfect it wasn’t good enough. That led unsurprisingly to a lot of self-harm that went largely unnoticed by my family, but I had friends who did the same, and we bonded over it. This book is full of good advice, a little humor, and some touching real experiences. The biggest thing you should take away from it – your kids don’t need to be perfect to succeed. They can be human, and being human means making mistakes, while still having the love and support of those who watch over you. PLEASE read this book!

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About the Author

Meredith Essalat is a K-8 school principal in San Francisco, Calif. and author of “The Overly Honest Teacher.” With a career in academia that has spanned more than 17 years, she started off in collegiate student activities before moving into both elementary and secondary academic communities. She spent nine years in middle school education as both teacher and Dean of Middle School Curriculum. In each of these opportunities, she witnessed the gamut of the scholastic, social, and developmental experiences of today’s student. She possesses a BA in Mass Communication, a California-Clear Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and a second M.Ed. in Educational Leadership. Essalat resides in California with her husband, Cameron. Follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter for valuable lessons learned both inside and outside the classroom.