Welcome new contributor Rashaun James! A teacher and tutor, Rashaun has answers to your educational questions.

I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to introduce myself and my new advice column for Columbus Parent Magazine: Mondays with Mrs. James: Advice for parents from a real teacher. How awesome is that?

This new column will be a catalyst for parents to ask questions, receive answers, and find enlightenment on many different aspects of their children's education. What makes this column so awesome, so innovative, so unique, is that the advice will come from me-a state-certified, highly qualified teacher who really knows her stuff! After 13 years of public school, five years of college, two years of graduate school, 10 years of combined nannying and classroom teaching, my head is ready to explode with educational information. So to save me from the embarrassing (and messy) experience that, I'll share my wealth of knowledge with YOU.

Here's your chance to not only ask a teacher any and everything you could ever want to know regarding your children's education, but to also read about other parents just like you.

I hope to cover study tips, best practices, organizational advice, homework help, and more. I also hope to recommend the coolest resources, books, websites, and strategies that teachers not only swear by, but kids seem to love as well. Most of all, I hope to address the questions, concerns, and ideas (good, bad, ugly and indifferent) of the parental community with a personal teacher touch. I may not be able to save the world or rescue every student from academic crisis, but I think I can begin to tackle the struggle in education in the same way you eat an elephant: One bite at a time. Or in this case, one question at a time.

I don't mean to toot my own horn, but just so you can get to know me better (and more importantly, so you know who is giving you educational advice), I thought I would share some of my credentials, experiences, and interests with you.

I tell you, I have been a teacher all of my life. When I was a 5-year-old kindergartner, I came home every day and taught my 3-year-old sister Brittany everything I learned at school, as if I had known it for years. By the time Brittany went to kindergarten, the school system didn't know what to do with her! She was already reading chapter books, but was too small to skip a grade. As I got a little older, I was the one who always had to help my younger brothers and cousins with their lessons. You wouldn't believe it, but they used to complain that I was harder on them than their own teachers.

I still have that strong passion for teaching and private tutoring. It is my pulse, my heartbeat, my calling and niche. Some people would rather teach in a maximum security prison than in a middle school, but it has been my dream ever since I was a little girl and the one profession at which I was naturally great. In early 2008, I was shocked and honored to be awarded Teacher of the Year by an accredited educational institution. That was awesome, but nothing has brought me more joy than developing my own tutoring business. In late 2008, I founded Mrs. James' Learning Club, which is a tutoring organization that connects only highly qualified education majors, teachers, and extensively experienced individuals to families in need of tutoring for their children. We work hard to only hire highly qualified and experienced tutors to meet the standards of our motto: Tutoring By the Best to Achieve the Best! Check out my Web site: www.MrsJamesLearningClub.webs.com.

Starting Monday Jan. 12, Mrs. James will have its opening debut, and will continue to be a bi-weekly breath of fresh air for parents. It will be inspiring. It will be informational. It will be uplifting. It will be (as my students say) all that and a bag of chips. If you would like to talk to me or have your question featured in my advice column, please email me at MrsJamesLearningClub@yahoo.com or send a letter to Mrs. James Learning Club, P.O. Box 676, Brice, Ohio 43109. I am looking forward to talking to you and answering your questions. Until then, keep up the good work!

Love, Mrs. James