Mount Pleasant by Steve Poizner
My Journey from Creating a Billion-Dollar Company to Teaching at a Struggling Public High School

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A Silicon Valley entrepreneur takes on the challenge of a lifetime: teaching in one of California's toughest high schools.

Entrepreneur Steve Poizner has run a billion dollar company, but the greatest challenge of his life was the year he spent teaching twelfth graders at San Jose's Mt. Pleasant High School. On many days, like the one when a student's boyfriend was arrested for bank robbery, his managerial and entrepreneurial skills seemed irrelevant. But on others, they helped him demonstrate how exciting it is to learn. Playing Jeopardy with the class and inviting speakers into the classroom, Poizner motivated his students by expanding their horizons far beyond their high school's walls.

Poizner writes, "Often I came to ask myself one question: What exactly are you doing here? As it turns out, I was receiving one hell of an education." Mt Pleasant is ultimately a success story, as Poizner wins Rookie Teacher of the Year honors and, more important, ensures that all his students graduate.

 

About Steve Poizner

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STEVE POIZNER is a leading Republican candidate in the California gubernatorial race. He's currently California's Insurance Commissioner and also a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In addition, he's a former White House Fellow who worked for the National Security Council; a successful entrepreneur who started two industry-changing technology companies; and a co-founder of the California Charter Schools Association. He lives with his wife and daughter in northern California.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Portfolio Hardcover. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Business & Economics, History. Non-fiction

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