For the Love of Teaching: And Other Reasons Teachers Do What They Do

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Multicultural perspectives abound in these interview portraits of teachers from every state and setting. Any stereotypes readers may have about teachers will go right out the window as they enjoy these anecdotes that reveal the real reasons teachers teach.Seven themes emerge: life work, connection, change, surprise, adventure, fulfillment, and love. Represented in fifty-four interviews with teachers are all fifty states plus Puerto Rico as a U.S. commonwealth; all grades; urban, suburban, and rural areas; private...

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Multicultural perspectives abound in these interview portraits of teachers from every state and setting. Any stereotypes readers may have about teachers will go right out the window as they enjoy these anecdotes that reveal the real reasons teachers teach.Seven themes emerge: life work, connection, change, surprise, adventure, fulfillment, and love. Represented in fifty-four interviews with teachers are all fifty states plus Puerto Rico as a U.S. commonwealth; all grades; urban, suburban, and rural areas; private and public schools; and alternative settings such as military and prison classrooms. The author's questions remain hidden as the teachers, in their own separate voices, reflect on their work. The author notes By listening to the voices of those who would teach us, we come to understand not only what learning means but what living means. For it is through our teachers that we begin to discover who we are as human beings, and what we want to be as a society. The Foreword was written by Eric Oddleifson, a successful businessman who is also active in efforts to improve American schools. He writes, This book describes the type of person we need to attract to the teaching profession, as it gives voice to the enthusiasm, the passion, the commitment that invades his or her being. There can be no finer calling, requiring the clearest demonstration or moral and ethical behavior.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781889242033
  • Publisher: Vanderwyk & Burnham
  • Publication date: 4/25/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Author's Preface xiii
Life Work 1
Kelly Chandler 2
Dot Snesrud 5
Alvarez Anderson 8
Dolly Winger 10
Judy Adair 13
Dave Swanson 15
Suzanne Caldwell 18
Sally Gibson 20
John Ertel 23
Connection 27
Peter Walter 28
Tim Lang 32
Penny Cruz 34
Kathy France 37
Teri Holler 40
Susan Thurman 42
Colette Lenfest 44
Judy Moore Eno 46
Change 51
Oveta Anderson 52
Rita Sigrist 55
Frank Beckendorf 58
Brian Baute 61
Kathy Ross 63
Rachel Sheeley 65
Karen Gotwald 67
Bill Burrall 70
Wally Wolfe 73
Surprise 77
Mary Helen Cholka 78
Dave Abrahamson 81
Cordenia Paige 84
Jeff Johnston 87
Susie Gravel 90
Jim Robinson 92
Gloria Ramsey 95
Adventure 99
Linda Selvig 100
Betty Bozick 103
Dennis Creedon 106
Josephine Isabel-Jones, M.D. 110
Rachel Guido deVries 112
Katie Sullivan 116
Fulfillment 121
Shane McGregor 122
Leonard Bruguier (Tahunska Tanka) 125
Keith Spence 128
Karen Saupe 131
Rose Steiner 135
Diane Buchanan 137
Lee Beall 140
Love 145
Tracy Heinrich 146
Barbara Renoux 148
Shirley Neighbors 151
Linda Dehnad 154
Edith Rivera 156
Jean Gilbert 159
Nicholas Kamaras 161
Gina Davis 164
Index of Teachers 167
General Index 169
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    Wonderful gift for the teachers in your life!

    This is a beautifully written book. Ira Shull gives us an inspiring and refereshing look at the incredible contribution teachers make. A must read for parents and a great gift to acknowledge the teachers in our lives.

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