Stefania Shaffer

Stefania Shaffer

Author and Teacher

Currently employed at Pressman Books


Previous: San Francisco State University



    Author and Teacher Stefania Shaffer gave up a successful career in television advertising sales in order to make a difference in her community. She believed the biggest impact she could make would be with children helping them to navigate life's bumpy road. Stefania Shaffer attended San Francisco State University to earn her Teaching Credential, and currently teaches English Language Arts to seventh graders. A few years into her new enthusiastic role, Stefania Shaffer received a sincere thank you note from a former student that left a lasting impression. It reminded her that sometimes what kids take away from the classroom may have nothing to do with the lesson plans at all. It is daunting to be a role model, and for that one kid in the back of the room, you just might be the best part of his day. As a result of this note, Shaffer was inspired to write Heroes Don’t Always Wear Capes, the fictional story of Vandra Zandinski, a girl who worries about making friends and fitting in and fretting over bullies. The story chronicles Vandra’s school years from elementary to high school, detailing the important lessons she learns from rotten and wonderful teachers, with the extraordinary educators becoming her heroes for life. Stefania Shaffer has just completed her second novel, 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent, A Love Story Of A Different Kind, a memoir based on her own experiences caring for her mother during the last years of her life. Published July 2013.



Author and Teacher

At Pressman Books

From January 2013 to Present


  • Author
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Centres d'intérêt

  • Equestrian riding
  • illustrating
  • writing