Diary of a Teacher's First Year
By Esme Raji Codell
(Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, Paperback, 9781565122796, 216pp.)
Publication Date: June 2001
In "Educating Esme," the uncensored diary of her first year teaching in a Chicago public school, she opens a window into the closed world of a real-life classroom. Refusing to let anything get in the way of delivering the education her fifth-graders deserve, this dedicated teacher finds herself battling bureaucrats, gang members, inflexible administrators, angry children, and her own insecurities, while at the same time changing her students' lives forever.
Now in paperback, here is the book" People" called "hilarious," "Booklist" called "screamingly funny," "Greensboro News & Record" called "brilliantly conceived," and the "Boston Phoenix" noted "should be read by anyone who's interested in the future of public education."