by Alan Aymie

In over twenty years of teaching, Alan Aymie has learned public education is a battle worth fighting for, and proper battle training isn’t always guaranteed. Turning Points details his journey from struggling Hollywood actor to a heralded school teacher and the lessons he learned along the way.

With work on Samuel Jackson’s film 187 and two years as a costumed children’s entertainer as training, Alan stepped into an abandoned-storage-room-turned-classroom in one of LA’s most challenging neighborhoods. With teaching practices born from his years on national stages and Southern California backyards, Aymie went on to become one of the school’s most beloved and successful teachers to thousands of students.

He has appeared on TV with school superintendents, traveled across the country to advocate for autism awareness, and spoken to hundreds of teachers about effective teaching practices. His Revolutionary War Play helped inspire a whole school of children and became an annual community event.

His nationally-produced solo play, Child’s Play, seen at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, further cemented Aymie’s reputation as a revolutionary teacher with a unique viewpoint on how to teach today’s children.

Now with Turning Points: Tips, Tales, and Tactics of a Revolutionary Teacher, Aymie provides teachers revolutionary lessons such as Return the Dogs, Procure Your Cannons, and Everyone Needs a Von Steuben. Turning Points will show every teacher how to survive the battle and win the war for public education.

What this author said about working with us...

I had a great experience working with the entire staff at Luminare Press on my first book! This was a huge step for me - I am grateful for the kind treatment, expert guidance, and (a little bit of...) hand-holding...:) From my first phone consultation to now seeing my book available for sale, I was involved in the process, guided in areas I didn't understand, listened to, and most of all was left feeling like my book mattered to the team - my team. I'm very grateful and happy for the experience I had and would (and have) recommend Luminare to any author - first time or seasoned pro. It was a real blessing for me to have found them. Alan Aymie