Former Wayne Graduate, Now Published Author Tells Her Story To Elementary Students


WAYNE – Three fifth grade sections at Wayne Elementary School were able to see and hear a presentation from a 2005 graduate of Wayne, now published author.

Rachel (Jensen) Hruza published “Dear Isaac Newton, You’re Ruining my Life” this past March and told her story along with more information about the fictional book Friday morning from the elementary library.

Two of the three current fifth grade teachers, Mrs. Trenhaile and Mrs. Long also taught Hruza when she was in school. K-6 Librarian, Joan Hansen introduced Rachel during the two presentations as her mom, Monica Jensen (K-4 Vocal Music) assisted with the PowerPoint.

Hruza grew up in Wayne and gave a reason why she wanted to come back to present.

“I wanted to go to Wayne first because I love Wayne Public Schools,” said Hruza. “They gave me a great foundation for writing. I brag about it to my college students that I teach now, so it’s near and dear to my heart.”

Hruza went to Nebraska-Kearney and earned her Master’s from Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011. She is just completing her first-year teaching at Southeast Community College in Milford.

The fifth graders in attendance were told more about Hruza in that she was diagnosed with scoliosis in fifth grade. She had to wear a back brace for two and a half years before having surgery during the summer of her 21st birthday.

Hruza had the students say what they want to be when they grow up as she added the students liked the idea of having dreams they want to achieve.

“So, having them be willing to share those first of all,” Hruza added. “Also, talk about the thing they’re afraid too that might keep them from achieving those. It was great to see that they’re willing to share those, which is something I would have been very afraid to do at that age.”

Hruza started writing her book in 2011 and it took just over two years to get an agent, a publisher and start working on the book. “Dear Isaac Newton, You’re Ruining my Life” is for 8-14 aged readers and it’s focused on a junior-high girl that was diagnosed with scoliosis and she’s afraid of people finding out.

“I gave a writing workshop for the Lincoln Public Libraries during their spring break,” Hruza mentioned. “That was actually before the book came out.”

Hruza is currently working on 10 manuscripts, looking to schedule a book signing and plans on attending the Nebraska Book Festival in August.

Also, make plans to visit the elementary library as books for all ages will be sold starting Tuesday, May 8. This year’s theme is “Paws” and if you buy one book, the second is free. Contact the Wayne Elementary School for more questions at 402-375-3854.

Book Fair times and dates *correction from video on end times for Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday is 4:30 p.m. not 4 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 8: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 9: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 10: open before school and after school until 6 p.m. for a Family Event

Friday, May 11: 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.