Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had [NOOK Book]

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As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen's story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination...

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Overview

As a child with Tourette syndrome, Brad Cohen was ridiculed, beaten, mocked, and shunned. Children, teachers, and even family members found it difficult to be around him. As a teen, he was viewed by many as purposefully misbehaving, even though he had little power over the twitches and noises he produced, especially under stress. Even today, Brad is sometimes ejected from movie theaters and restaurants.

But Brad Cohen's story is not one of self-pity. His unwavering determination and fiercely positive attitude conquered the difficulties he faced in school, in college, and while job hunting. Brad never stopped striving, and after twenty-four interviews, he landed his dream job: teaching grade school and nurturing all of his students as a positive, encouraging role model.

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“This is a story for every underdog, for everyone who has ever stumbled in life, for anyone who thinks life has dealt them a little more than they can handle.”—Jim Eisenreich, former Major League Baseball player with Tourette’s

“Thank you, Brad, for your determination, your spirit, your compassion, and your perseverance, and thank you for daring to share it with all of us.”—Susan Conners, Education Specialist, Tourette Syndrome Association, Inc.

“Brad Cohen has turned Tourette syndrome into an asset, and his life into inspiration.”—Senator Johnny Isakson, Georgia

"This book provides a genuine and heartfelt message of hope in the face of a potentially devastating disorder." —Neal Adams, MD, MPH, Psychiatric Services, Journal of the American Psychiatric Association

"Strongly recommended reading . . . Front of the Class is the remarkable story of a remarkable man who learned to deal with a marked and all too remarkable affliction."—Midwest Book Review, Reviewer's Choice

“This story of how a child with severe obstacles to learning triumphed as Georgia’s First Class Teacher of the Year is a testimony to the indestructibility of the human spirit.”—ForeWord Magazine

Brad Cohen's story is a triumph of hope, determination, will, and relentless good humor. His approach to living with Tourette syndrome proves how much is possible when you expect the best of everyone, especially yourself.”—Peter J. Hollenbeck, Ph.D., Professor and Associate Head of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Front of the Class is not just a book about Tourette syndrome. It is a courageous and touching account of one young man's difficulties and triumphs in life.”—Sheryl K. Pruitt, M.Ed., Clinical Director, Parkaire Consultants and coauthor of Teaching the Tiger and Understanding Tourette Syndrome: A Handbook for Educators

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429958783
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 309,971
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

BRAD COHEN is a motivational speaker, teacher and author, and the recipient of Georgia's First Class Teacher of the Year award. He founded a camp for children with Tourette's, and has appeared on Oprah. In 2006, Front of the Class won the Independent Publisher's Education Book of the Year Award. Brad's life is the subject of a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie.

Coauthor LISA WYSOCKY is an author, motivational speaker, and owner of a public-relations firm.


Brad Cohen is a motivational speaker, teacher and author, and the recipient of Georgia's First Class Teacher of the Year award. He founded a camp for children with Tourette's, and has appeared on Oprah. In 2006, Front of the Class won the Independent Publisher's Education Book of the Year Award. Brad's life is the subject of a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie.
Lisa Wysocky is an author, motivational speaker, and owner of a public-relations firm. She is co-author of Brad Cohen's Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had.
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  • Posted January 29, 2010

    Brad Cohen is an inspiration and role model!

    I have a 13 year old boy with TS who read this book in school. I read it also and have since purchased it for our library and school library. Brad Cohen is a Pollyanna of sorts in that despite negative attitudes, feedback and obstacles, he stayed positive and always looked for the good that comes out of a situation. He is an inspiration whether or not you have a disability. We should all practice his positive and resilient attitude. This is a must read for every educator! TS effects approx. 1 in 200 children. There is no cure and medication does not always work. The Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie that was made from the book is excellent and captures the spirit of Brad and his family. A MUST READ!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2009

    An Inspirational, Motivating and Heart Warming Story

    Front of the Class is the inspirational story of Brad Cohen, a man who does not let life's challenges get in the way of his dreams. Brad Cohen has Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder that makes him twitch and make noises constantly. As a young boy, he was made fun of and put down by his classmates and teachers but decided to grow from everything he had endured. He decided that when he grew up he was going to be a teacher who would encourage all students and show them that you can do whatever you put your mind to.
    As an aspiring teacher, I found this book to be extremely motivational. Brad Cohen found ways to learn and grow from every experience he had. He teaches life lessons to students when they don't even know they are learning the lessons and always finds a way to inspire. Brad shows students that no matter what difficulty they may have in life, they can always find a way to overcome it and be a better person because of it. Multiple times he talks about how he has difficulty reading because Tourette syndrome distracts him. When he tells this to his students who have difficulty reading, they strive to become better readers. The idea that their teacher is in the same boat as they are, encourages them to become better than before.
    Front of the Class is a very eye opening story. There are so many people in society who are don't respect or accept others with disabilities or who are different, it is heart breaking. Brad's story made me realize how anyone can make the best out of any situation. He acknowledges that every person has their own problem or difficulty and tells everyone not to make excuses, to accept the challenges and to grow from the experiences. Never once does Brad blame anyone or anything for Tourette syndrome and is an incredibly strong human being because of it.
    Reading Brad Cohen's story made me take a second glance at the challenges in my life. He made me realize that everybody has obstacles in their life, but it is how a person responds to that obstacle that defines them. When I become a teacher, I want to make sure every student has the chance to learn, be themselves and remember the banana theory; "You can't judge a banana by what you see on the outside; peel the skin away and you will see that bananas are very similar on the inside".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Setting An Example

    Front of the Class was a very good book. I will recommend it to everyone who likes reading books about teachers,and especially to the people who feel that people make fun of them often.No matter what was the case you will learn how to ignore the ignorant people around you. This will also show you how you can turn out to be a better person.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had

    Brad Cohen is an extodinary person who encourages his students to learn. His confidence is unbelievale, even though he has Tourette syndrome it never was a problem for him. He inspired everyone he was around by staying positive.I would recommend this book to teachers and students.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    An Inspiring Book!

    Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome made me the Teacher I Never had by Brad Cohen, is an extraordinarily inspiring book, which shows the challenges Brad Cohen faced with unwavering determinations. It is a great development in his life. It is hard to deal with Tourette Syndrome, but I think he made a mark on the world and every body who understood him and who will understand him in future. He has not only courage to forge his way, but I think he is not afraid to share his most painful moments of his life. This book is heart-touching, which makes me feel that he is trying to say how people should accept others, even if they are mentally and/or physically disabled. This would be considered discrimination! He is not only approaching toward Tourette syndrome, but he is trying to bring out the courage and triumphs in life. I would say that this story is also for everyone who has stumbled in their life, dealt them, and went through such difficult times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2005

    A True Motivational Story for All

    Front of the Class is a remarkable story of a teacher who wouldn't take no for an answer. Having Tourette Syndrome only fueled Brad Cohen's desire to become the teacher he never had. His story is a roller-coaster ride in emotional highs and lows and has you rooting for him from the first page. Front of the Class is very well written and an easy read, but this is a story you will never forget. Highly recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Front of the class

    My brother has tourette syndrome. I'm also watching the movie as I type

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2009

    Give us more!

    I don't doubt that Brad Cohen had to overcome a huge deal to accomplish what he did. I do, however, feel that he should have focused more on the painful details. I don't feel like he really made the reader feel what he must have felt. We needed more in order to really appreciate what he attained, both personally and in his career.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2009

    Fron of the Class

    This book is very helpful to everyone in understanding people by looking at the other side of the story. I couldnt put it down and gave it as a gift to relatives who work with children and handicapped people. In my mind everyone would benefit from reading this book. I am so happy that Brad Cohen shared his story with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had

    Brad Cohen is an extodinary teaher who inspires students to learn and be their self.His confidence is unbelievable even though he has Tourette syndrome he never gave up on achieving his goals.I would recommend this book to students and teachers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2007

    A great book for teachers and parents to read

    This book is a really good book for people who know someone who has Tourette Syndrome. This book is also a really good book for people who want to learn about Tourette Syndrome. I would also recommend this book to any one who is a teacher or is going to be a teacher because you might have a student who has Tourette Syndrome at some point in your career as a teacher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Absolutely Outstanding!

    Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had By: Brad Cohen with Lisa Wysocky, is one of the best inspirational novels to have ever read. This novel is inspirational because it gives people hope into following their dreams no matter what the consequences are. Whether you have Tourette syndrome or have a disability or not have a disability at all there are ways for making your dreams come true. This novel is about the author, Brad Cohen, who follows his hopes and dreams of becoming a teacher. Although, getting a career in teaching isn¿t always easy when a person has Tourette syndrome. In this novel, Cohen talks about the struggles of having Tourette syndrome. His Tourette syndrome takes place from second grade through getting a degree in Elementary Education. Some days they were easy to deal with and other days it was just hard. An example of a easy day would be when Cohen was going to a sporting event because he knows that it is okay to shout and scream all he wants. An example of a bad day would be when Cohen was making noises in a restaurant. Yes, Cohen has his ups and downs but he finds ways to deal with them by thinking positive. This is one of the many reasons why I like this novel. I enjoyed reading Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had because it helped me think about the positives while going through my own struggles, it inspire me to become an excellent teacher as well as Brad Cohen, it has taught me to never give up and it has taught me to go through life as much as I can you never know what could happen. This novel is generally for people who have Tourette¿s, but I find it inspirational to everyone. If I had to give this book a rating, I would give it five stars it is sincerely one of the best books to read whenever a person has the feeling of ¿lost hope¿.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    A book youll never forget.

    Front of the Class by Brad Cohen is a very inspirational reading. It is a book you just can't put down. You read one-on-one what it is like to live with Tourette Syndrome and all the hardships a person has to go through. Brad was a young boy when he was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome and throughout school he was made fun of by his classmates and even his teachers kicked him out of their classes. Brad goes in debth to what it was like being humilated in public and he expresses his transitions from being a lonely school boy with no friends to how he strives on becoming a sucessfull teacher. If autobiographies interest you then Front of the Class is definitely an excellent choice. Along with reading about the life of Brad Cohen what he has to say can also be in inspiration in the reader's eyes. As a reader you may also learn a few things you may not have known as Cohen tries to spread the word about Tourette Syndrome to everyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Front Of The Class

    I believe that ¿Front of the Class¿ by Brad Cohen was a great book. I feel that Brad Cohen really went into depth and detail about his disease. He stated throughout the book the way people always doubted him and even his family didn¿t think he could make it to be anything. They basically just thought of him as a low life I would say and they never thought they he could do a lot of the things that he had done because he did have this disease. He also explained the different obstacles he had to overcome to be successful as a human being. For example when he went for about 10 job interviews to get a teaching job, he was very nervous because he thought that if he had a ¿tic¿ in the middle of the interview it would affect they way they thought about him and he wouldn¿t get hired. He also talked about different techniques he used to be a great teacher. Because he knew that it was going to be difficult to teach with this disease, so he always told his classes that he had it and sort of made it like a funny issues instead of an embarrassing one. But Overall I would rate this book 4.5 star out of 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Inspirational, Honest, and Direct.

    Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen inspires anyone to try, and try again. The author, stricken with an awful disease at an early age is inspired to become a teacher. Faced with many obstacles, the vocal and physical tics of Tourette Syndrome, being ¿excepted¿ in society, making friends, eating in a restaurant, going to the movies, and defending himself for the tics he can¿t handle. Cohen even dealt with his father not accepting his own child¿s disability. But, Cohen plowed through all the adversities and became the winner of the ¿Sally Mae First Class Teacher of the year at the elementary level.¿ This book was written for two purposes: To enlighten people that even with a disability you can do what you want to do¿ and accomplish your dreams, and secondly, to open up the eyes of the world that someone with a disability is no different than the person next to you. The theme of the book: ¿treat others how you would want to be treated.¿ Cohen teaches his students to accept all different types of people and he integrates his Tourette Syndrome into the classroom, making lasting friendships. Four out of Five stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2006

    Front of the Class

    I loved this book it provided insight to the world of teaching and how difficult it can sometimes be. Cohen handled the situation beautifully no matter how much diversity he was faced with. His strength and perserverance was inspirational to me as a human being. You couldn't help but to fall in love with Cohen. He was genuinely a good teacher with a passion for what he does. He really and truly cares about his students and wants to make their school experiences positive ones to make up for the lack of positvity he received while he was in school. He wants his students to know that he genuinely cares, not just about their success in the classroom but also the kind of people they are outside the classroom.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2006

    Never Underestimate the power of perserverance

    This book is truly for anyone who feels everything is against them and turns out to be a winner a leader a highly respected man in the community. Go for your passion and always respect yourself and others will follow and you will also be a winner. I hope everyone reads this wonderful book and shares this story. Brad Cohen truly deserves all the recognition in fighting through these obstacles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2005

    Incredibly uplifting!

    This book is terrific! As a mother of a Tourette's Syndrome child, it helped me and my child learn some new ways to cope and educate others. Brad's determination is remarkable and sense of humor enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2005

    Definitely worth the read!

    I thought this was a great book. I loved Brad's writing style and sense of humor. I'm always a fan of those 'overcoming the obstacles' stories and this one is definitely one of the best I've read! I'm glad to story has such a happy ending - it will inspire you you keep on going no matter what your obstacles may be.

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