Dragons at the Schoolhouse Door: A Novel of Schooling

Satire, Mystery, Humour — And a Stunning Plan to Reshape Public Education

“Woolman’s characters are brilliant composites that anyone in education can recognize and relate to. The use of irony and satire make them enjoyable, memorable, and engaging.”
Gerald Fussell – School Principal.

“Enjoyable! A candid look at public education from a writer who has been there. Engaging characters move the story, which has humour, satire, and intrigue. . .”
Todd Phillips – Teacher Librarian.

Steve Hepting often wonders why he left the classroom. The travails of a strained working relationship with School District CEO, Jennifer Capelli seems to have abated, at least temporarily. Capelli is more interested in a secret scheme to transform what she believes to be a moribund education system. The public announcement is set for the 2011 school year, Hepting’s second in the principal chair.

Though more confident, Hepting still cannot convince an evasive bureaucrat of the need to clear the detritus of the school district. piled high in the unused classrooms on the second floor. The junk is home to feral cats and other wayward creatures, known only to the slow-witted, yet stock market savvy custodian, Frank “Tiny” Little, and two learning disabled boys.

The “Animal Hotel” is not the only peculiarity at the school. Maintenance requests are ignored. A smarmy little scoundrel is seen crawling about in the ventilation shafts. District leaders tour corporate executives through the building. A hostile parent becomes Capelli’s confidante. A newly transferred teacher seems to have an unusually close relationship with the CEO.

Quirky faculty members, student allies, and a scandal-sniffing journalist, work with Hepting to uncover the sordid scheme to reshape public education, using the local school as the launching pad.

“I really identified with the colourful characters and the humour poked at the system. This was an enjoyable walk along the road of school administration.”
Judy Berkeley – Vice-Principal-Counsellor.


Dragons At The Schoolhouse Door is available online from the following distributors....

Amazon.com - for print and e-book versions
Amazon.ca - for print and e-book versions

Barnes and Noble.com - for print and e-book versions

FriesenPress - for print and e-book versions (often the best price)

Google Play - for e-book version

and Apple Books as an e-book 


About the Author

Clyde Woolman has been a teacher and counsellor, a principal of an elementary, a middle and three high schools, and completed a six-year stint as a Superintendent (CEO) of a school district before reengaged neurons led him to voluntarily announce a return to a school. At one time or another he has been involved in education from Kindergarten through to the university level. He has delivered keynote speeches at conferences, sat on panels, presented workshops and seminars and led teacher and principal teams in writing reports on schools. At one time he could fling edubabble around as well as most. He often tried, occasionally with success, to see the humour that lay behind and beyond the peculiarities and foibles that can abound when a place called school is your workplace. Clyde is the author of several articles on education leadership and two young adult adventure novels (2010 and 2013) emphasizing themes of tolerance, trust and friendship.  Smugglers at the Lighthouse and Yurek: Edge of Extinction were published by Moosehide Books of Ontario.


copyright Clyde Woolman