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“I have an idea.”


While those words usually elicit a groan from my husband, I knew there had to be a better way for educators to find resources for their classroom. A way that didn’t involve hours of looking through catalogs and scouring the internet only to realize too late that those books they ended up buying weren’t exactly right.  And with that, the curriculum showroom and Custom Education Solutions was born. 


After my years of experience in education as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and coach, I believe in the power of a book to transform the lives of students. That is why our curriculum showrooms are designed for educators by educators. Our book boutique, complete with a fireplace and cozy chairs and coffee and freshly baked cookies, saves you time and money though being able to preview thousands of titles by the best educational and trade book publishers. One of our consultants- all of whom are former educators themselves- will guide you through the process and help you find exactly the right books to fit your needs and your budget.  


Whether it is diverse classroom libraries, mentor texts, bookrooms, or another literacy need, we can’t wait to see the books you choose from our showroom in the hands of the students in your classroom!



Denise Retka

Company Owner

Owner & Marketing Director



Vanessa Johnsen

Minnesota, Wisconsin

Sr. Sales



Kelly Romo

Minnesota, Dakotas

Sr. Sales



Elisa Brente


Director of PD and Sales Manager


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