Intermediate East sixth grade language arts teacher Angela Germano shares her personal story as part of the Women Who Illuminate book series.

Angela Germano, Intermediate East ELA teacher, is a contributor to and co-author of the book Women Who Illuminate, which will be released Aug. 28.

Published by Kate Butler Books, the work is described as “a collection of illuminating stories that will brighten your heart’s journey,” and is in the spirit of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series.

Germano’s chapter—one of “30 illuminating soul stories” in the book—is an honest exploration of a tumultuous home life, and how her own teachers and coaches helped catapult her career and make her dreams become a reality. The motivation to become a published author, something Germano greatly desired but consistently brushed off, came from a close friend.

“I was having one of those heart-to-heart conversations with a dear friend about life—where we are and what we are working toward,” said Germano. “She always loves listening to my antics and said, for the umpteenth time since we met in college, that I really need to share these stories and perspectives with the world.”

Despite Germano’s reservations, her friend persisted, and reached out to a recently published colleague who sent Germano Kate Butler’s contact information. Within 24 hours, Germano had pitched her idea to a receptive Butler, and process was underway.

Although Germano has had numerous news stories picked up by United Press International and the Associated Press, as well as bylines in Monmouth University’s student-run newspaper The Outlook, and a few literary magazines and online sites, Women Who Illuminate will mark her first time being published in a major book series.

“When Kate Butler said, ‘You need to be in this book,’ my heart skipped,” said Germano. “It was someone encouraging me, believing in me, wanting me to express the way I truly was. And when you read my chapter, you will totally get what that means to me.”

Women Who Illuminate will be available on Amazon beginning Aug. 28.