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Heart of Teaching Shortlisted for IPPY Award


Waterloo author John Fioravanti has been named a semi-finalist for the international Independent Publisher Book Awards for his 2007 work, A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching.

Released by Waterloo’s Iceberg Publishing last fall, Journey is Fioravanti’s reflection upon more than thirty years teaching secondary school in Waterloo region. It is shortlisted in the category of Best Regional Non-Fiction: Canada East.

“We’re thrilled that John’s story has been recognized on this prestigious international stage,” says Kenneth Tam, a partner in Iceberg Publishing, and a former student of Fioravanti’s. “Journey has been helping teachers and aspiring teachers in Canada for months. We’re very glad that it has earned this recognition.”

Fioravanti was surprised and honored, “It is a great and humbling honor for me. I set out to talk about my experiences in hopes of helping other teachers with their own struggles in the classroom. This recognition is beyond anything I’d ever hoped for!”

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, or IPPY Awards, are in their twelfth year, and seek to recognize excellence in independent publishing. This year they considered more than 3,000 entries from sixteen countries around the world –– including books from nine provinces across Canada. Alongside A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching in the Best Regional Non-Fiction category are titles from Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland. The winners will be announced May 23rd, and will be presented on May 30th in Los Angeles, California.

Fioravanti, who is presently teaching his thirty-fifth year at St. David Catholic Secondary School in Waterloo, will be retiring at the end of this school year. He plans to continue writing, and is already at work on a series of fiction novels.

A Personal Journey to the Heart of Teaching is available from Iceberg Publishing. For more information or to order the book, visit