Teacher, inspired by Surfing Santas, writes children’s book


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Golfview Elementary School Principal Katrina Hudson chats with Anne Wolfe.

Courtesy of Katrina Hudson

Teaching in Brevard County Schools was a 25-year adventure for Anne Marie Wolfe of Rockledge.

She taught kindergarten through sixth grade at schools such as Freedom 7 Elementary in Cocoa Beach, Theodore Roosevelt Elementary in Cocoa Beach and Roy Allen Elementary in Melbourne.

“What I enjoyed most about teaching was reaching children who fell between the cracks — when they had their ah ha moments and showed academic growth,” she said.

When Wolfe retired in 2015, she and her husband, Jerry, embarked on a world tour adventure. Destinations included the Grand Canyon, California, England and Mexico.

Back home on Florida’s Space Coast, the couple are enjoying retirement with their dog, Parker.

But Wolfe’s adventures were far from over. Attending Cocoa Beach’s annual Surfing Santas each Christmas Eve, inspired her to write a children’s book, “Santa Has Retired.”

Now published, it ponders the question what would happen if Santa Claus left the North Pole to join the sun-tanned, retired seniors on Florida’s Space Coast?

“With so many dressed like Santa during Surfing Santas, the real one could become anonymous,” Wolfe said.

Wolfe enjoys visiting schools and reading her book to students.

“This book was very interesting and informative for the students,” said Suzanne Strain, a second-grade teacher at St. Mary’s Catholic School. “They loved to hear about Santa’s adventures and it was awesome how the book highlighted local attractions on our Space Coast area.”

For book and purchasing information, e-mail Wolfe at bistrogal65@gmail.com