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Educating Esme Audiobook

Educating Esme

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Publisher's Summary

Esmé Raji Codell has come to teach, and she's not going to let incompetent administrators, abusive parents, gang members, or her own insecurities get in the way. As she puts it, she has "Thirty-one children. Thirty-one chances. Thirty-one futures, our futures. Everything they become, I also become." Codell's portrait of an inner-city elementary school is funny, poignant, and inspiring. Her struggle to maintain individuality in the face of bureaucracy and her defiant stand against mediocrity will reverberate in companies as well as classrooms everywhere.

Original Material ©1999 Esmé Raji Codell; © and (P)1999 HighBridge Company

What the Critics Say

  • Alex Award Winner, 2000

"I was hooked by this fearless, feisty young teacher who managed to cut through all the pedagogic red tape." (Bel Kaufman, author of Up the Down Staircase)

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    S. Connolly Phoenix, AZ USA 08-05-03
    S. Connolly Phoenix, AZ USA 08-05-03 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent inspiration for educators...."

    I first read this book when I was considering becoming a teacher. It inspired me then, and I revisit it often to reinspire myself. This is one of those great books that makes you laugh and cry at what she had to go through as a rookie teacher, and I would highly recommend it to anyone as a great, light read.

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    Jc 02-03-15
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    "great for aspiring teachers"

    I really enjoyed this book. Esme is funny, smart and rambunctious; giving a real perspective of what teaching elementary is like. Great read and even better listen.

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    Huck 06-05-12
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    "Great story...well-told...too much coarse language"

    I love this story, but it would have been much more enjoyable in my opinion if it didn't have the rough language. I wish Audible could give some kind of indication that rough language is in a book.

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    Jessica Ellenton, FL, USA 04-23-07
    Jessica Ellenton, FL, USA 04-23-07
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    "A surprise"

    I discovered this book by doing a search for books about teaching. It was an excellent choice for me because I am currently returning to the teaching profession. I would recommend this book to anyone who teaches, to understand the challenges of teaching inner city children, and to find creative ideas to use in the classroom. Very well written, the narrator-author reads the book from the heart. Are there more to come?

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