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Lessons on Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More Than They Bargained for in Their Contracts
GUEST POST FROM KATHLEEN L. MAHER
Hi Lori, thank you for having me on your blog and for your beautiful review of Lessons on Love.
Writing a school teacher story made me reminisce about my own elementary school experiences. I had some really great teachers. There was one in particular that I thought of while writing Gilda Jacob’s character, who inspired me with her youthful vim and vigor.
My art teacher, Mrs. Raymond, had a special way of connecting with each student and left quite an impression on me. She had a giant banner in her classroom that said “there’s no such thing as can’t!”
Somehow that got through to me. I accepted that if I put my mind to it, and tried really hard, I could accomplish more than I realized. At any rate, it left me with a lifelong love for art, both creating and appreciating.
One of my favorite subjects in grade school was reading. Big surprise, right? :-) We had what they called SRA packets that evaluated our reading comprehension with short articles. I found it fascinating to read about the Egyptian Sphinx, or whale family pods, and all of the amazing people, places and things that fill our world with wonder.
Other lasting impressions from grade school were the tadpoles we watched turn into frogs in our second grade classroom, and the monarch chrysalis from which a beautiful butterfly emerged. It inspired within me an awe for God’s creation that has carried with me through my life. I love nothing better than to take my children and grandchildren on nature walks.
Great teachers do so much more than impart basic skills such as reading writing and arithmetic. The truly good ones instill a love of learning that stays.
Question for your readers: What is your favorite grade school memory, or did you have a favorite teacher? Answer this, and you will be entered to win a signed print copy of Lessons on Love.
Thanks once again for celebrating Lessons on Love book launch on your blog, Lori. I can’t wait to read the answers people leave to the question.
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