Liverpool, NY (PRWEB) June 03, 2014
Schools are making budget cuts to creative programs nationwide, but at what cost to students’ imagination?
As an educator, Mary Ann Niemczura understands the importance of the formative years of childhood. She taught German for 47 years and was a Fulbright Exchange Teacher in Germany for two years, which broadened her world as well as her views of teaching young minds.
Her new poetic memoir “A Past Worth Telling” promotes playing, learning and exploring the outdoors as an alternative to time spent with technology.
“The poems have been immensely enjoyable for others who have rediscovered the more quiet times in life where play was not dominated by adults,” Niemczura said. “Organized activities were few and children were free to rely on their imaginations to create games and play with others.“
“A Past Worth Telling” recalls fond childhood days as seen through the eyes of family members as well as the author herself. Settings include Massachusetts, New York, Colorado and Germany.
Niemczura’s new memoir appeals to adult readers wanting to travel back in time to their own childhood and to young audiences that have grown up with an abundance of technology and overbooked activities. Young readers will get a feel for what life was like for their grandparents.
Drawing upon her career in education and experiences described in her new book, Niemczura’s hope is that readers will be reminded of the importance of lifelong learning and acceptance of other cultures and foreign languages.
“I AM a teacher, I live, breathe, eat and sleep being a teacher,” Niemczura. “I know many will never travel outside the U.S., so my stories are a way to transport them to other places.”
A Past Worth Telling by Mary Ann Niemczura
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About the author
Mary Ann Niemczura was born in Massachusetts and reared in Colorado but lives in Upstate New York. A consummate professional with a passion for teaching, she has taught German for 47 years and also taught in Germany as a Fulbright exchange teacher. She is married and has two children.