Physical education instructor Janet Goliger will be a featured author at the LA Times/UCLA Festival of Books this weekend.
A teacher for almost 30 years, Goliger has spent many hours talking to students and parents about the need to be proactive in protecting their child against the harsh world. As a black belt in Okinawan Shorin-Ryu karate, she knows the empowerment this knowledge has given her and wanted to share that with her students. In 1999, she tested a basic program of self-defense at Mountain Avenue Elementary School. The students not only thrived in this new program but found self-confidence. She now teaches the program in the other Glendale Unified School District schools. Goliger then turned her classes into the book "I Need to be Safe: I'm Worth It!" so others could share in that same empowerment.
"Many of my students have used the techniques they learned in my class and book to help protect themselves," Goliger said.