PONCHATOULA, LA (WAFB) - She's probably the pretty teacher little boys always have crushes on. Heidi Easley has written a children's book "The Day My Class Broke All The Rules," and if children in her Maurepas Kindergarten class think they resemble some of the characters, they'd be right! Rather it is an amalgam of many children.
"The whole book is an inspiration from all of my years of teaching," Easley says. "Pretty much it's the story plot and then I add details from the kids."
Easley has been married 12 years to husband Dustin. They have two small sons. Brady is in 3rd grade and Boston is in kindergarten. Easley says she hardly has any quiet time, but does live in Ponchatoula. That means a 35 minute commute to and from the Kindergarten in Maurepas.
"Time to sip my coffee and just think while driving."
Her idea for the book started with actual funny stories she was seeing evolve in her classes. She said she started writing "Forgot the Rules" about three years ago.
"In the past three or four years, I've picked it up to add stuff, because I couldn't believe what happened," she laughed. "I told myself one day I'm gonna put this in a book and it's gonna be hilarious."
Easley read the finished product to her class last Friday, the book still warm off the presses. She received it from the publishers Friday and she read it to her class.
"I didn't tell them that I wrote it, because I wanted to get an honest reaction."
She said they loved it.
Basically the plot is a giant case of reverse psychology. Instead of telling a class all the things they can't do; just tell them what happens when they do the wrong thing. Funny things happen.
Are these events ridiculous? Easley swears they aren't, that they're based on real-life occurrences.
"The story starts kind of like it's a full moon outside, which most teachers understand 'It must've been a full moon last night so why is my class is acting like that. I thought this would be a funny book, and on the first day of class, there are rules about the bathroom, about how to handle the scissors, and how to behave with each other. I made the story tell them the complete opposite. Even though they say they'll never do it, this way it's comical."
Easley says the story is targeting mostly very young school children, Pre-K through 2nd or 3rd grade.
As for our brand-new "children's author," teacher Easley says she already has her next book in the works.
"I kind of have a journal where I keep ideas for stories. My youngest boy was a preemie. He was born at 27 weeks. I had a 3-year-old at the time. I was stuck on bed rest for 4 weeks, and this whole book could be about explaining pre-mature birth gently for an older sibling. Children can take it hard. So maybe hospitals could use the book to explain things to siblings."