School Visits

Victoria Winifred, a dynamic educator and celebrated author, injects boundless energy into her school and chess club visits, whether in-person or virtual. With her infectious enthusiasm, she brings lessons to life through an array of captivating activities that encompass reading, movement, music, and interactive engagement. Victoria’s sessions are not just educational; they’re an adventure, integrating STEM concepts and reinforcing learning standards while igniting a passion for learning in children. Her presentations are leveled separately for K-2 and 3-5. Send an email to VW@victoriawinifred.com or make an appointment on Calendy to discuss school visits, professional development, or speaking engagements.


Fees:

I offer flat fees for half-day and full-day sessions. If your school lacks funding for author visits, reach out and together we will create a plan to still make it work.

Half Day:

  • Up to three 30-60 minute presentations with Q&A

Full Day:

  • 3 presentations (30- 60 minutes each) with Q&A
  • 2 additional small-group activities tailored to your ideas and needs (i.e., writing workshops, chess lesson)
  • Bonus: 20-minute read-aloud session for children with unique challenges, at no extra charge
  • All in-person full-day visits offer a full set of lesson plans and assessments for a unit of study built around her award-winning book, The Princess, the Knight, and the Lost God: A Chess Story.

Personalized inscriptions will be arranged for all book purchases for all in-person visits.

Out-of-Town In-Person School Visits

  • Flat rates can be provided including travel and meal expenses; reductions for multiple-day visits with partner/local schools in your area
  • Evening events (Literacy Night, Parents’ Meetings) for visits that include travel/overnights may be included as or added on as an activity.

Virtual Visits

Sessions can run up to 60 minutes depending on your preference. Reduced rates can be provided for bookings of 3+ sessions.

Photos: Gena Tussey Station House Photography

“The presentation was visually engaging, capturing students’ attention through its elements and accompanying audio. I would highly recommend other schools to consider booking Victoria Winifred, given her adept delivery of content and skill in effectively engaging and managing an audience. ACIS enjoyed her visit and hope to welcome her back in the future!” —Kylene Raper, Media Specialist K-5, Athens City Schools, Athens, TN.

“Victoria Winifred’s author visit was wonderful. She interacted well with the students providing many fun activities, and presenting many opportunities for students to share their thinking. She embedded state academic standards into her presentation which showed the students that reading, writing, and chess can be easy and fun. Ms. Winifred encouraged students to discover what they love and persevere to be the best they can be at it. She shared how she developed her love for writing and love for chess then incorporated them into one. I would certainly recommend that other schools book this author for a visit. Ms. Winifred is an inspiring teacher and author who encourages students to enjoy writing, reading, and playing chess. —Sonya Bivens, Instructional Coach, Athens City Schools, Athens, TN.

“I highly recommend Victoria Winifred for an author visit in any school or function. She engages students and teachers in her presentation showing how not only reading and writing, but chess, music, games and even dancing can incorporate standards while having fun!” —Jana Forrest, Interventionist, Athens City Schools, Athens, TN.

“Thank you so much for coming to visit our chess club! We all really enjoyed your presentation and will be on the lookout for your next great book!” —Rodney K., Coach, Towne Acres Elementary, Johnson City, TN.

“Victoria’s sweetness added so much joy to our event!” —Charlene O., Smokey Mountain Outdoor Center, Townsend, TN.

Professional Development

Empower your staff with Victoria’s tailored professional development sessions. As a nationally certified mentor for teachers with a master’s degree in education, Victoria offers expertise in raising literacy levels and integrating chess into classrooms.

Signature Topics:

  • Lifting Literacy: Customized Strategies for Diverse Student Needs
  • Empowering Students’ Reading Proficiency through Writing Instruction
  • Chess in Education: Engaging Students, Exceeding Standards
  • Chess and Literacy
  • Chess and Classroom Management
  • Customized Presentations to fit your needs and budget

“Victoria Winifred’s lecture was inspirational and professional. She highlighted educational methods that could be used to enhance literacy skills in children in a fun and effective way using chess as an educational tool. We are using her example of a comic strip drawn by a child describing his/her game in our FIDE Preparation of Teachers course. We are looking forward to working with Ms. Winifred to further expand our Chess in Education resources of interdisciplinary tools.” —Rita Atkins, Secretary, Chess in Education Commission

Speaking Engagements

Victoria Winifred delivers dynamic talks on literacy, the educational benefits of chess, how to write and publish your own book, and more. Topics can be customized to fit budgets and interests.

Signature Topics:

  • Self-Publishing vs. Traditional Publishing
  • Navigating Your First Years in Teaching
  • Chess and Classroom Management
  • Becoming and Educator and Writer: Empowered by Chess!

Speeches on numerous other subjects can also be tailored to your audience’s interests, including a number of hobby-related topics.

“Victoria has an obvious commitment to children, education, and, oh yes, chess. Chess is fascinating & can teach many lessons. Now I’m encouraged to take it up again. A very interesting program.” —Art Hafner, Alcoa Kiwanis Club

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