Though she is currently employed as a teacher, Stefania Shaffer’s previous career was as a successful salesperson in television advertising. On one of her business trips, while on a plane in the middle of the night, she found herself thinking about what her contribution to society would be. Stefania Shaffer compiled a list of lessons that she could teach children, and realized that her next career would take her away from clients into the classroom. Her resignation meant giving up a lucrative position in order to pursue a new purpose that left her feeling enriched.
Stefania Shaffer now teaches English Language Arts to 7th graders, after having earned teaching credentials from San Francisco State University. She has drawn on her experiences working with middle school students whose ups and downs are chronicled in her first book, Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes. This realistic fictional story follows the underdog student named Vandra Zandinski from pre-school through twelfth grade detailing the lessons learned, both in the classroom and out, from teachers who are all shades of awful to extraordinary. The best of them become her heroes for honing the potential in her that others missed.
Stefania Shaffer has completed her second novel, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent, A Love Story of a Different Kind, which is based on her personal experience. The book is a funny, compassionate, and daunting account of what you can expect if you are the adult child coming home to care for your elderly parent. Slated for release in June 2013.