"It is my goal to unite writers from around the world."  Ana Monnar

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Ana Monnar


“Choose your friends and mates, not by the money in their bank account, creed, ethnicity, or color; instead, choose character, actions, heart, and soul. When we bleed, we bleed the same color.” Ana Monnar

"If given the choice of turning left where nothing is right or turning right where nothing is left, I will turn right and rebuild from scratch." Ana Monnar


Background Information
Ana Monnar earned a Master of Science Degree in the area of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Florida International University (FIU). Ana Monnar has been teaching for 34 years. She’s taught second, third, fourth, and fifth grades. She also had the opportunity to work as a Reading Curriculum Specialist and Reading Leader. Ms. Monnar is currently teaching kindergarten. She has written successful grant proposals and earned the title, “Teacher of the Year” in the 1980’s. The Miami Herald, Neighbors Section, featured Ana Monnar as “Super Teacher” on November 27,2003. Only one teacher a month from both public and private schools earns the prestigious recognition. Ana Monnar has inspired many learners to write award winning literary pieces. Her students have won trophies and certificates for regional and district contests. To this day Ana Monnar is helping adults, as well as young authors achieve their dreams. It is a rewarding gift that will live on through centuries in The Library of Congress, classrooms, public libraries, media centers, and fine bookstores worldwide. Ana Monnar is the founder and president of Readers Are Leaders U.S.A., Inc. established in 2002. Lulu is the Yorkie rescue and family member, featured in Ana Monnar’s registered trademark Readers Are Leaders U.S.A. logo. Ana Monnar started writing in 2002 when her late husband started getting progressively worse with Alzheimer's disease. Her first poem was titled, Half Full Or Half Empty?
Birth Place
Havana,  Cuba


Kindergarten Teacher, Fifth Grade Teacher (reading, language arts, social studies), Second Grade ESOL Self-contained Teacher, Fourth Grade Teacher/Multiple Intelligences
Reading Leader (Three Years)
School Ambassador 1998-99 & 1999-2000 (Two Years)
Reading Curriculum Specialist (One Year)
Math Curriculum Specialist (Two Years)
Title I Resource Teacher
E.S.O.L. Self-contained Teacher
Third Grade Honors/Academic Excellence Teacher
Peer Teacher (Ten Times)
Grade-Level Chairperson (Three Years)
Provided Workshops for Parents, Teachers, Administrators
America Reads Coordinator for Silver Bluff Elementary (Three Years)
Participant in Child Study Team, Staffing, Student Performance Plan,
Pupil Progression Plan
Promote/Encourage/Support Comprehensive Reading Plan (C.R.P.)
Young Authors, Books with Wings, Theodore Gibson Oratorical Project, Miami International Book Fair Sponsor in the School Site Level

Featured on Channel 23 Univision, Adoption Interview, November 2003
Miami Herald, Neighbors Section, Super Teacher, November 27, 2003


1999-2000 WLRN Ready to Learn Proposal
1998-99 WLRN Ready to Learn Proposal
1995-96 The Citibank Success Fund Learning with Themes
1995-96 Dade Public Education fund Mini-Grant Cooperative Learning with Unifix Cubes
1995 Title II Eisenhower Grant Linking Mathematics to Literature
1995 Mathematics Teacher of the Year Nominee
1994 Science Teacher of the Year Nominee
1988 Teacher of the Year

Additional Information

Ana Monnar is the author of: Half Full, Or Half Empty?: A Collection of Poems Poetry from Planet Earth Adoption? Thank God for That Option! The Law of the Funnel It Doesn’t Matter Clutter Hungry Woman Heart of Stone Compiled works for two anthologies titled... Expresss Yourself 101 Dancing with Words VOLUME 1 and Expresss Yourself 101 For Your Eyes Only VOLUME 2

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Ana Monnar, Mother, Teacher, Writer

Beauty of Haiti

Silk and ribbons clouding the sky

Coastline and beaches – pure black sand

Walking, skipping, splash-splash snorkeling

Good, honest people – giving hand

Flawless beaches, nature walks too

Mountains and forests, trees and shrubs

Rugged valleys, crystal clear bays

Gifts of wisdom from the cherubs

Visitors welcomed to Haiti

Echoes of Africa airing

Panoramic view of realm

Haitian Saints singing and working

Beauty of Haiti is dancing

With the rainbow’s pastel colors

Different shades to please the Heavens

Family, good friends and neighbors

Rich – poor; “Where is the middle class? ”

Flesh clings tenaciously to mom

Creole speaking, dining delight

Tourist and rich folks under palm

Midnight blue sky, shimmering lights

Stars shining brightly upon moon

Happiness, sadness and sorrow

Hoping to see their loved ones soon

Poor human beings – young and old

Stomach growling, eyes tell it all

Sincerity, dignity, poise

Beauty of Haiti is for all

Ana Monnar


Sentimental Value

Comes in a pair; glitters, sparkles, shines
They are elegant and valuable
Priceless in more than one way
In addition - light and very comfortable

Sentimental value is evident and clear
No money in the world can replace them
They are a lady's best friend
Precious beauty quite a gem

Pair of diamond earrings; so special to me
One diamond was a gift from my husband
Other diamond was matched by my father
Equally translucent as a tear gland

Both exceptional men are now in Heaven
Dad died nine years ago; soon it will be
Memories from both will last forever
My husband died this February

In loving memory to my father 1914-1996
and my late husband 1924-2005

Ana Monnar



Under a tent next to my son
Above hovered dense dark clouds
An opening in the center
As if to heaven it entered
What a miracle to witness
The colossal green grassy field
Varsity girls running the course
Unaware of heaven’s stairway
From just miles above the grassland
To Alexander’s amazement
Which he pointed just before me
It was truly astonishing
Paradise – way beyond belief
Was the opening for someone?
For a special very good soul
There was just a slight drizzle
Not a thunder or lightning sound
Only peace and sense of glory
From the place we stood on the ground      

Ana Monnar 


I Asked the Lord to Bless You

I asked the Lord to bless you,
As I prayed for you today
To guide you and protect you
As you go along your way

His love is always with you
His promises are true,
And when we give Him all our cares
You know He will see us through

So when the road you're traveling on,
Seems difficult at best
Just remember, I'm here praying
And God will do the rest

Author Unknown

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Half Full, Or Half Empty      Ballerina Girl         The Gift  God's Children

Henry Ford        September Eleventh, 911         Life Is, a Rose

Four Yorkshire Terriers    California     Books

7 Continents      Twenty-five Years    Clutter   

Will You Love Me Enough


"The earth revolves around the sun, not people."
Ana Monnar

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 Quotes by Ana Monnar  

"Good for you and be proud of yourself because you have your priorities in order. Be proud of yourself if you are responsible, reliable, persistent, and take your job and education seriously." Ana Monnar

"For most people life is not a fairy tale, it is an adventure."  Ana Monnar

"Life Is, a Rose."   Ana Monnar 

"Sharing will enrich everyone with more knowledge." Ana Monnar

"Anticipation is sometimes more exciting than actual events." Ana Monnar 

"I see the glass half full and thank God for what I have." Ana Monnar 

"Making the ungrateful grateful will bring tears to your eyes, tears of blood bleeding from the heart." Ana Monnar

"Making the ungrateful grateful is a tedious endeavor." Ana Monnar

"Raising teenage sons and daughters is a long and tiresome journey. With God's help the final outcome will be worthwhile." Ana Monnar

"I'm happy for all who reached for the stars happily and successfully."  Ana Monnar

"Good thing I'm aging, otherwise I'd be dead."  Ana Monnar

"Some people suffer from the green-eyed monster called envy."  Ana Monnar

  "I'd rather hear an ugly truth, rather than an obscure lie." Ana Monnar 

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Famous Quotations by Famous People

"The art of being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook."  William James

"I find that the harder I work the more luck I seem to have."  Thomas Jefferson

"The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity.  In a crisis, be aware of the danger - but recognize the opportunity."  John F. Kennedy

"I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise, it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him."  C.S. Lewis

‎"A single conversation across the table with a wise man is better than ten years mere study of books."  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
‎"Because A Strong Woman, I Am"  Sherwin Acidera Mark Anthony Acquiat Marjorie Bocalbos James Gonczi Ailia Hopkins Charly Sampaga Speeches by: Maya Angelou, Hilary Clinton, Alfre Woodard, Oprah Winfrey, Poem Written by: Ana Monnar

"A mother will love, nurture, teach by example, and protect her children. It starts at the moment they are first held. Once they are adults, the decisions each one of them makes is theirs and theirs alone. A mother will contiinue to pray, light candles, and hope that they cling to the memories and that it will guide them." Ana Monnar


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Adelaida: A Cuban Cinderella by Ana Monnar, Linda Franklin and Nancy Michaud(Aug 22, 2008) 

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"Ungrateful people forget what they are not grateful for." Ana Monnar