Former teacher fulfills dream, publishes book
by Celia Shortt
Laura Burroughs, a former teacher and administrator in the Coweta County School System, recently fulfilled a lifelong dream and published her first book, “The Foxes of Caminus.”
It is described as an optimistic coming-of-age sci-fi story that draws the reader into an enchanting school where students learn that their thoughts can literally bring their talents into being and create their future.
The book is the first in a planned trilogy.
“I have always wanted to write,” said Burroughs. “When I was a baby, I would scribble on the page. When I was in first grade, I would write couplets all the time. As a child, I just liked words. I’ve been in love with them. They are an artistic form and a way to give back and inspire people.”
Burroughs began her Coweta County teaching career teaching earth science at Evans Middle School in the early 1990s.
“I loved it,” she said. “Evans was my home for many, many years.”
After teaching at Evans, she switched to Arnall Middle School, where she was assistant principal. She ended up returning to Evans after realizing her passion was for teaching, not administration. During her time there, Burroughs felt she was given the freedom to be an excellent teacher who could take her students as far as they could both go in their time there.
Burroughs continued to work in the Coweta County School System until 2002, when she took a break for five years. She left permanently in 2008.
“I felt stifled by the bureaucracy in education,” she said. “In the mid- two thousands, I was amazed at the flexibility teachers had to teach.”
Even after she stopped teaching, Burroughs said she never lost her passion for kids. She channeled that passion into her book, “The Foxes of Caminus.”
“This book is me telling my younger self things I wish I had known,” she said.
She said those things include values, work ethic, and a faith in oneself. The book also incorporates building one’s own potential for their future and a compassionate world.
The book also contains “kernels of ideas” she had when was teaching.
One of those kernels is her desire to have children think three dimensionally. In the book, she shows this through the “gengnosphere.” It is a device that incorporates the genesis of knowledge and helps the two main characters in the book, fraternal twins Anya and Harlie Fox.
“It is not just learning what it knowledge is, but generating knowledge and being on the cutting edge for the students and mankind,” said Burroughs of the gengnosphere’s meaning.
“The purpose of education is to bring all of us into our full potential,” she added.
The story in “The Foxes of Caminus” follows the Fox twins as they embark on an adventure at Caminus Academy, a school for the gifted.
While there, they open themselves to the possibilities of their own power, and both kids discover they have gifts they did not know about. Burroughs says it “features fantastic lessons about the importance of personal responsibility, the value in self-discovery, and the power of belief and compassion.”
Burroughs has been working on this book part-time since 2008 and full-time since 2013.
“I hope it teaches somebody, but I’ve learned more about the world writing it,” she said.
“It was a dream, something I always wanted to do and felt compelled to do it,” she said of writing “The Foxes of Caminus.” “I want my daughter to know you can go after your dreams responsibly.”
Burroughs is from East Point and lives in the Atlanta area with her husband and daughter.