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Todd Sentell

Todd's stunning teaching memoir, "Can't Wait to Get There. Can't Wait to Leave," at corkscrew turns hilarious, heartwarming, and even heartbreaking, about the most remarkable moments of his teaching career, has just been published by Stairway Press, and is available at

Finishing his ninth year of teaching in a wide range of roles at a number of Atlanta area special education, parochial, and mainstream independent schools in literature, language arts, fine arts, social studies, and one-on-one behavioral and academic modification roles, Todd is also a successful track and field, basketball, and soccer community coach who knows exactly when to blow his whistle real, real loudly.

Todd's also novelist, an Atlanta native, and a highly accomplished abstract and folk artist. His quirky folk art style is unique in America. The majority of his folk-style pieces are extremely funny and make shocking educational or religious commentaries within the various sizes of his canvases. See his astonishing work at Action Jackson Art at Todd is also a caption writer for Anne Taintor, Inc., the vintage humor product company marketed to women.

Todd's also the author of the hilarious social satire, "Toonamint of Champions: How LaJuanita Mumps Got to Join Augusta National Golf Club Real Easy: A Particularly Allegorical Comedy of Real Bad Manners," a candidate for the 2008 Thurber Prize for American Humor. His hilarious novella, "Why Golf Is So Exciting! A Novelty!" was published in March, 2014 in paperback and e-book from Stairway Press.

The online journal of his his rookie year of teaching Georgia history at a larger special education school, A Dixie Diary, is considered America's finest and most powerful diary of classroom vignettes. Visit at

Todd was a 2011 candidate for induction into the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame sponsored by the University of Georgia Libraries. He's also a two-time award winner for magazine journalism from the Magazine Association of the Southeast ... and a long time ago, Todd was a local TV personality in the state that started all that secession business.

For a large part of his career, Todd was director of sales and marketing of Fuji Development's Golf Club of Georgia, one of America's most prestigious golf clubs. Todd revolutionized elite-level membership sales, marketing, and golf club media relations practices in the private and public club industry while producing $26 million in sales in his years at The Golf Club of Georgia. He is co-founder of the club's annual "Georgia Cup," one of America's finest amateur golf events.

Todd is a past recipient of Georgia Trend magazine's "Best and Brightest: 40 Under 40" award, given to Georgia's most innovative business, educational, cultural, and political leaders.

He is an award-winning graduate of Woodward Academy in College Park, Georgia. He graduated from Furman University with a B.A. in psychology where he was also a member of the track and field team. He is also an accomplished masters-level boxer as well as a twelve-time marathoner.

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