To help him get into college to become a teacher, Lane Walker worked as a summer intern at a newspaper.

The skills he learned as a journalist have helped him write several magazine articles, books and become an award winning author who has another new book coming out at the end of the month.

Walker, who is from Kingston, is the principal and director of technical and vocational education at the Huron Intermediate School District.

“I didn’t realize it then, but all the little things that got me where I am – working in a journal, meeting deadlines and coming up with ideas for articles and books. – help me write books, “Walker said.” I worked at the newspaper to help pay for my education.

“All of these things have helped me down the line as a teacher and especially as a writer.”

Although his books focus on hunting, fishing and outdoor adventures, his latest book is totally different.

“I have completed an adult book which is on presale right now but will be out in late November,” Walker said. “I’m really excited about this.”

“Light the Fire” is a book about how teachers, coaches, parents and other adults can inspire and impact children, he explained.

The book explains techniques to better connect with young people, to reach them to a new level and help them see their full potential by being a positive influence.

“This is my first adult book and my first educational book,” he said, noting that it was a break from his traditional writing. “I am excited about this adult book. It combines my love of writing with that of helping adults to help children.

Walker just won the Moonbeam Award. The award is given to authors who write books that inspire children to read, learn and dream. Each year’s nominations are judged by a panel of experts made up of youth educators, librarians, booksellers and book critics of all ages. The winners receive medals.

“This award was for my series of fishing books,” Walker said. “Winning this award was pretty cool and exciting.”

He received a bronze medal from Moonbeam for his fishing chronicles.

Walker, who has been studying for over 20 years and is an avid outdoorsman, began writing kid-friendly and outdoor-friendly books after realizing that there were no good books for children. on these topics.

The books are intended for children aged 8 to 14, but are also enjoyable read for those who are older.

“About a year ago, I started working on the chronicles of fishing. It took about a year to write all five books, ”Walker said, noting that the books are around 160 pages long.

There are five books in the “Fishing Chronicle” series that cover fishing adventures, camping and rafting adventures, as well as an ice fishing competition with cash prizes to save the family bait shop.

“Today so many children are lost in technology, but these books will bring them back to reading and understanding outdoor adventures,” he said.

His first book was released in 2011, and he has also written several other books and over 250 articles on outdoor adventures. Although he is a prolific author, his first love is teaching and the field of education.

Prior to becoming an administrator at Huron ISD, Walker’s first job after graduating from Saginaw Valley State University was as a fifth-grade teacher in 2003 at Mayville Schools. In 2005, he was a fourth-grade teacher in the Kingston School District, and then became an elementary school principal there in 2010.

He was then hired at ISD in 2015. He graduated from Kingston High School in 1997 and is proud to live in the Thumb.

He and his wife, Brooke, who is also a teacher, have four children.

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