Educating Esmé – by Esmé Raji Codell Description:

Educating Esmé – A pop culture phenomenon (Publishers Weekly) Screamingly funny (Booklist) Funny poignant and even sad. Youll find yourself laughing at places ready to cry at others. (The Arizona Republic) It should be read by anyone whos interested in the future of public education. (Boston Phoenix Literary Section) Esme is a teacher Id hire tomorrow. There is nothing the profession needs more than such creative intelligent combative and loving teachers. ( Herbert Kohl author of 36 Children) Esme Raji Codell has come to teach. Fresh-mouthed and miniskirted this irrepressible spirit does the cha-cha during multiplication lessons roller-skates down the hallways and puts on rousing performances with at-risk students in the library. In Educating Esme the diary of her first year teaching in a Chicago public school she opens a window into a real-life classroom. While battling bureaucrats gang members abusive parents and her own insecurities this gifted teacher changes her students lives forever. Winner Memoir of the Year ForeWord magazine Winner Alex Award for Outstanding Book for Young Adult Readers Educating Esmé – by Esmé Raji Codell