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

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

by Brad Cohen, Lisa Wysocky
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Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had by Brad Cohen, Lisa Wysocky

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. Front of the Class tells his inspirational story.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429958783
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 11/25/2008
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 276,469
File size: 3 MB

About 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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Front of the Class 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Empress-Lily More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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".
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My brother has tourette syndrome. I'm also watching the movie as I type
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.