Teaching by Elizabeth Anthony
A Love Story

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Are you one of those rare people who has always known exactly what you wanted to do with your life? Are you a teacher or considering a career in education? Are you involved in a relationship that somehow isn’t right but that you just can’t manage to escape? Does your career provide solace from a difficult personal life? Do you struggle with the concept of fate and choice and what is ultimately best for you versus what well-meaning others believe is better? Do you enjoy reading about the struggles others face because you learn from their mistakes? If you answered “yes” to one or more of these questions, this book is for you. Elizabeth Anthony always knew she wanted to be a teacher, but her determination to be a wife and a mother as well as an outstanding teacher drew her into conflicts and a series of lessons inside and outside of her classroom, her haven. Ms. Anthony contends that she learned more from her students than they learned from her, and that learning provides the framework for this memoir of a thirty-year-plus career as a secondary English teacher and administrator. The author’s hope is that readers will benefit from the lessons she learned the hard way so that they might avoid some of the mistakes that threatened her sanity and even her life.
 

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Elizabeth Anthony believes she was born to be a teacher. She admits that she tortured her younger brother and sister by making them sit in the play house in the backyard of their home while she relentlessly taught them numbers and letters and while she read aloud from their collection of Little Golden Books. By the time Ms. Anthony's siblings went to kindergarten, however, both were well ahead of their peers. Their parents were professional and literate, so she takes only minimal credit.She was a dedicated student, satisfied with nothing less than "straight A's" throughout elementary, middle, and high school. After graduating magna cum laude from college, she went on to teach high school, first in the Midwest and then in the Southwest where she not only taught English for a total of thirty years but where she also spent three and a half years as a high school administrator. Elizabeth retired in 2008 and began teaching part time at a state college where she continue to teach in the School of Education, hoping to pass along the torch of the art and science of excellent teaching.This memoir is the story of Elizabeth Anthony's years as a high school English teacher. It also tells the story of two failed marriages, relationships she knew were toxic but into which she entered despite the glaring red flags. It is this juxtaposition of Elizabeth's miserable personal life and her joyful professional life that makes this memoir unique. While her career prospered, her relationships decayed. While she learned quickly and well the lessons her students taught her, Elizabeth was excruciatingly slow to learn the lessons her marriages taught her. Ms. Anthony hopes that others will learn from her so that they do not have to make some of the same mistakes. It is in that spirit that Elizabeth offers Teaching: A Love Story.
 
Published May 30, 2012 by Real Imagination. 124 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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