- First time novelist who published the novel The Exploits of Sam Towery (modern retelling of Tom Sawyer) under the pen name of Warren Walter - 12 years of public education experience in North Carolina as a classroom teacher, instructional support specialist and district level trainer - Work history in a variety of districts including the 15th largest in the country - 3 years of higher education experience
- grounded in learning theory and instructional design best practices - purposefully integrating technology for teachers and students when and where it offers a direct benefit
- Multiple peer-reviewed publications and invited conference presentations
- Ph.D. in Instructional Design and Technology from Virginia Tech
Warren Walter first read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in a sixth grade classroom. For a kid trapped in a quiet and often boring small town, Twain's vivid characters, adventurous plot, and near perfect description of that time in life when carefree youth starts to give way to adulthood were a revelation. His enjoyment of Twain's story and characters stayed with Warren and he often wondered how they would translate to a contemporary setting. Guided by this wonder, Warren wrote in bits and pieces in dozens of coffee shops and libraries over several years, slowly fleshing out his adaptation. The result, The Exploits of Sam Towery, is a compelling novel that addresses many of the same themes and reimagines several key plot points (including getting caught skipping school, whitewashing the fence, the murder in the graveyard, running away, and the ultimate confrontation with the main antagonist) in a completely new way. Warren hopes readers of all ages will explore his story which stands on its own as a tale of adventure, comedy, suspense, relationships, and transformation. He also hopes his story inspires a new generation of readers to explore Twain's original novel so they too can develop an appreciation of the literary classic.