Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers Releases June 1, 2018


User-friendly book for parents and teachers offers strategies and tools to support military-connected students as they transition from school to school.

(St. Paul, MN)— Award-winning independent publisher Elva Resa Publishing is pleased to announce the June 1 release of Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers by Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman.

Children in military families change schools three times more often than students in non-military families—as many as nine times from preschool to high school graduation. Each change means more than making new friends. It means adjusting to new curricula, new teachers, new classroom environments, and new education requirements. Circumstances of military life, such as deployment and other family separations, can affect students in the classroom and at home.

Recognizing the challenges facing military-connected students, Elva Resa worked with two military-spouse moms with nationally-recognized expertise in education and first-hand experience transitioning students, to develop a guide for parents and teachers.

“We wanted a user-friendly resource to help parents and teachers partner together to support military students,” says Elva Resa’s publisher Karen Pavlicin-Fragnito. “We developed the Seasons of TransitionTM as a way to frame the cycle students experience as they move away from one community and transition into a new school environment, over and over throughout their education.”

Seasons of My Military Student outlines the Seasons of Transition —Leaving, Arriving, Growing, and Thriving—and practical ways to meet the logistical, emotional, and academic challenges each season presents.

Strategies center on three primary tools: an understanding of how the challenges of military life impact a student’s education, employing key provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children, and the creation of a Seasons Education Binder as a consistent, portable record of a student’s progress. These tools, when used by a strong student-advocacy team, provide continuity for the student, both personally and academically.

A nationally-recognized mentor for teacher development, Trimillos says her experiences as a teacher inspired her to develop effective ways to support military-connected students.

“I recognized the unique needs of my students when I was a first-year teacher at a DoDEA school overseas,” says Trimillos. “Once I understood the educational and personal obstacles facing military students, I began to develop strategies to support those students and then to teach other teachers how to support them, too.”

Allsbrook-Huisman’s passion is to help military students gain a sense of belonging in each new school and hometown.

“The demands of this life are unique and can be isolating for families if their communities and schools don’t understand what they face,” Allsbrook-Huisman says. “I want parents and teachers to know how to address each season, and I want every student to feel connected—through friendship or in a classroom—no matter what season or storm they’re experiencing.”

Book features:

  • Overview of military life challenges that impact a student’s education
  • Student-advocacy team-building suggestions
  • Summary of key provisions of the Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children
  • Ideas and instructions for creating and using a portable Seasons Education Binder
  • Callout boxes with conversation starters, resources, and ready-to-use tips
  • Narratives with students’ personal experiences and teacher and parent perspectives
  • Chapter devoted to “storms in any season”—separations, deployment, combat injury, loss

About the authors:

Amanda Trimillos is an Air Force spouse, mother, and National Board Certified Teacher with extensive experience teaching military students. A professional development designer in the NBCT leadership program at National University, she has served as a mentor for the US Department of Education’s “Teach to Lead” trainings.

Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman is an Air Force spouse, mother, and advocate for military spouses and families. She leads workshops and seminars on many topics related to the education of military-connected students. Her writing has appeared in national military family publications.

Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers will be released on June 1, 2018 and is available at and other booksellers.


ELVA RESA PUBLISHING LLC is an independent publisher based in St. Paul, Minnesota, whose mission is to make a positive difference in people’s lives. Its primary imprint specializes in books for and about military families.,

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Title: Seasons of My Military Student: Practical Ideas for Parents and Teachers
Authors: Amanda Trimillos and Stacy Allsbrook-Huisman
Publisher: Elva Resa Publishing
Publication Date: June 1, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-934617-42-7
Format: 7.38″ x 9″ Paperback, 112 pages
Retail Price: $19.95

Seasons of My Military Student equips parents, teachers, school counselors, administrators, and other educators to work together to create successful transitions for military-connected students.

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