Former Circle teacher hopes to make waves with book
Davis Laughlin, who was recognized by “Live with Regis and Kelly” as one of the five top teachers in the United States a couple of years ago, has written and published a book.

“Ripple Maker: Teaching Effectively & Loving It” is available to purchase on Amazon in both paperback and on Kindle readers. During a one-day free promotion, “Ripple Maker” reached No. 8 on Amazon’s top 100 free books in the “schools and teaching” category.

Laughlin, who retired in 2011 after 34 years as an educator in the Circle School District, said he simply hopes the book will inspire and challenge teachers while helping them stay passionate about their profession.

“Teachers make a difference in the lives of young people every day, either for good or bad,” Laughlin said. “Teachers cannot have a neutral effect on students. The 'ripples' we make in students' lives spread out forever, touching thousands of lives along the way. The job is difficult - but so rewarding, and so important.”

Laughlin, 56, said he had no expectations for sales of the book. So far, more than 360 copies have been downloaded and sold. He said while it addresses serious and important issues, he also shares some funny personal stories and practical, research-based strategies.

Because he retired at a relatively young age, Laughlin wants to make a second career out of helping teachers. Laughlin currently teaches graduate workshops for instructors and provides professional development programs for schools and districts across the country.

The book, which is 173 pages, was self-published. Laughlin hired some former students to edit and design the book, he said.

“That made the book mean even more,” Laughlin said. “I wanted the book to be an easy read for teachers. Teachers don't have a lot of extra time to read and get better at their craft. I hope this helps some. After the Regis and Kelly moment, I don't put limits on things much anymore.”