A teacher I knew went to a low-paying district that needed teachers. She moved 1500 miles to take the job. She ended up coming back, broke. To cheer her up, I started posting “broke teacher” jokes, then articles to a hobby website–articles like “Best Places to Steal Pens and Pencils for Your Class.” Eventually, I wrote this book.
A lot of things make teachers broke, not just teacher pay. It’s teacher behavior, too. A Broke Teacher’s Guide to Success: How to Build Your Dreams on Teacher Pay addresses those behaviors, so we can stop them, dig ourselves out, and build our dreams.
I went into teaching to change the world. Instead, my students changed me. These are some of my stories. I tell them at a time when education’s gone from being “a noble pursuit” to the epicenter of a national storm. Good teachers are leaving the field at staggering rates. Politicians and pundits are out in full force. Everyone has something to say about education–everyone except the students and teachers in the classroom. Don’t Sniff the Glue: A Teacher’s Misadventures in Education Reform is the humorous and heartwarming story of one teacher working through idealism and red tape to teach the teens who will soon run the world.