EP Fifth Grade Teacher, Cheltenham Native Andrew Vassall Publishes “The Black Crayon”
Elkins Park fifth grade teacher and Cheltenham native Andrew Vassall has published his first book, the primary-level reader, “The Black Crayon.” According to Vassall, “The Black Crayon” is a colorful, vibrant and captivating story of a box of colorful crayons with one black crayon who struggles to be accepted. With the love of a little girl, Laila, the black crayon begins to see his inner beauty. This book teaches self-awareness and cultural awareness to young children.
”I spent 12 years teaching in the Philadelphia School District,” said Vassall. “I’m grateful for the stories shared by my elementary school students throughout the years. The imaginations and creativity of their stories have become a valued source of inspiration for my writing. I couldn't have done this without their input.”
The youngest of three brothers, Vassall started in the Cheltenham School District when he was 7-years-old. He attended Glenside Elementary, and graduated from the high school in 1990. Vassall went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Eastern University and a master’s degree in reading and literacy from Capella University.