School Visits

School Visits

School Visits

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School Visits

Hello I’m Laura Duksta, I’m an Ambassador of Love and New York Times bestselling children’s author. I love visiting schools across the country and world, sharing my books and life experiences. From a young age, around 7 or 8, I had the idea that one day I’d travel the world, meet my brothers and sisters, and share the message of love. After facing several major challenges in my tweens, teens and twenties, I published my first book, I Love You More. People started sharing copies with their loved ones all over the country and the world. I realized that through my book, I was fulfilling my dream of sharing the message of love, reaching thousands, even millions of hearts, homes and classrooms!

My biggest joy comes from connecting with children, parents and teachers in person, as well as virtually! I’ve visited more than 100 schools and presented to nearly 100,000 students-- there's a list of schools if you keep scrolling. I love connecting with young people of all ages, encouraging and inspiring them tune into their own passions, dreams and genius. Another big part of my mission is to help children know that no matter what is going on in their lives, or in the world around them, how truly loved they are. I share my personal story of losing my hair at age 11, and how I finally learned to embrace the power, freedom and FUN that comes from being yourself! Through the power of story, they're guided to tune into their own inner wisdom, genius and resilience. Now, more than ever, this feels like a message we all need, young people and teachers included! 

The first time I saw Dr. Wayne Dyer on PBS, made a profound impact on my life. My school program, “Empowering YOU to Shine!” is designed in a similar way, as an engaging, interactive, fun conversation that has students and teachers exploring what’s possible in their own lives!

One of my favorite testimonials came from a sixth grad student at American Heritage in Florida. His mom, the guidance counselor who booked my visit, asked her son what he thought of my program. Expecting one of his typical responses of “Boring” or “Ok,” she was  surprised by his heartfelt answer, “The only problem was that it should’ve been longer! The program was an hour! Media specialists frequently comment on my ability to engage and effectively communicate with younger and older students. While I typically visit elementary schools, I have talks designed for all ages from preschool to high school, personal development days, educator seminars, mommy and me groups, as well as senior living homes...the message of LOVE resonates with and makes a difference for people of all ages!


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Empowering YOU to Shine!” compliments both your SEL and character enrichment efforts, as well as serving as an author visit. I highly recommend having me present to the entire school, the older grades, get as much, if not more, from my visit. Typically, I deliver two to four assemblies depending on the size of the school, Twenty to thirty minute sessions with PK-K/, and fifty to sixty minutes with the older grades.

You can pick two of my four books that you’d like me to read: I Love You More, I’ll Hug You More, You Are a Gift to the World/The World is a Gift to You, No Matter What I Love You -- You Are My Sister, You Are My Brother.

My program covers the following themes:

  • My experience as an author - learning to value the editorial process, and appreciating that our best work is rarely “one and done!” 

  • My life experience - the road to embracing my bald head after losing all my hair at age 11 to a condition called Alopecia Areata, how I overcame bullying, and harnessed the power, freedom and FUN that comes from being yourself

  • By design we are resilient and have innate inner wisdom we can tune into for guidance

  • How our biggest challenges are often our greatest teachers and lead to discovering our own unique gifts, talents and genius 

  • The gift of reading, the power of our word, our imagination, and choosing kindness

  • My "Signature Cheers!” - "I Shine!" and "I AM a Genius!"

  • Q & A -- I love answering the students questions, especially the older grades

  • Bonus Opportunity: "Lunch with Laura" with a select group of students. This may include student council representatives, essay winners, gifted classes, reluctant readers, or my favorite - young people who have been through challenging life situations.

  • Workshop or breakout type sessions for students or teachers can also be created based on your schools needs

  • Students and teachers will have the opportunity to purchase signed books, a flyer we create can be sent home prior to my visit

If beneficial, I can also add mindfulness practices from the - a program I am part of that my team brings to middle schools and through a partnership with PBS's Becon-TV.


Please CONTACT US HERE to inquire & book Laura -- in the message please include name of school or organization, location, how many students approximately, your budget and possible dates. Someone will get back to you ASAP. 


Schools Visited


Mesa: Zaharis Elementary

Tempe: Changing Hands w School for the Deaf



La Jolla: The Children's School

Lake Tahoe: Environmental Science Magnet,

Los Angeles: St James Episcopal

Murrieta: Murrieta Elementary



Aspen: Aspen Elementary, Wildwood and others

Denver: Mile High Center for Spiritual Living Youth Program

Longmont: St John the Baptist Catholic School



Amelia Island: Amelia Island Montessori

Atlantic Beach: Atlantic Beach Elementary

Bryceville: Bryceville Elementary

Celebration: Celebration Elementary

Coral Springs: Riverside, Country Hills, Cambridge Schools

Davie: David Posnack Temple School

Delray: American Heritage

Fort Lauderdale: Virginia S Young, Lloyd Estates, Floranada, St Mark's, Pinecrest, St Anthony's, Delmar academy

Fort Pierce: Fort Pierce Magnet School for the Arts

Hollywood: Beach Montessori

Lady Lake: The Villages of Lady Lake Elementary

Leesburg: Leesburg Elementary

Miami: Alexander School, Miami Country Day, St Francis, St Thomas

Mount Dora: Round Lake Charter

Pembroke Pines: Cambridge Schools

Pinecrest: Pinecrest Elementary

Plantation: American Heritage

Pompano: Lighthouse Point Christian

New Port Richey: Fox Hollow Elementary

Tamarac: Liberty Elementary

Tangerine: Tangerine School House

Weston: Everglades Elementary, Imagine Charter, Cambridge Schools

West Palm Beach: Meyer's Academy, Academy of the Palm Beaches

Windermere: Keene's Crossing Elementary



Glenview: Willowbrook

Shorewood: Walnut Trails

Streamwood: Ridge Circle

Wheaton: St Michael's Elementary



Alexandria: St Joseph Cold Spring

Bowling Green: Briarwood Elementary



Halifax: Halifax Elementary

Hingham: Notre Dame Academy, St Paul's Catholic School

Kingston: Kingston Elementary

Marshfield: Governor Winslow, Ames Way

Milton: Collicot

Plymouth: Federal Furnace Elementary

Scituate: Hatherly, Jenkins, Lil' Munchkins Childcare & Preschool, Owl's Crossing Preschool



Overland: Marion Elementary

St Louis: Immacolata, New City School


New Jersey:

Caldwell: Grandview, Trinity Academy

Orange: Forest Street

West Orange: Gregory Elementary


New York:

Frost Valley YMCA for CAP Alopeciapalooza

Port Washington: Parent Resource Center



Cincinnati: Guardian Angels, Sands Montessori, Mercer, Welch, Colerain

Kings Mills: Kings Mills


South Carolina

Aynor: Aynor Elementary

Conway: Kingston Elementary



Brentwood: Kenrose

Franklin: Walnut Grove, Clovercroft

Nashville: Mama Lere School for the Deaf, Vanderbilt

Mt Juliet: Rutland Elementary

Spring Hill: Allendale

Watertown: Watertown Elementary


Austin: Blazier Elementary


Want to add your school to the list, CONTACT US today!