Announcing the Release of Finishing School, T.L. Zempel's Absurd Comedy About Public Education Today

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Teacher Wendy Taylor clashes with the powers that be regarding the state of public education. Outspoken in her views, she soons finds herself in a comical battle of wills with the new assistant principal, eventually going head-to-head with the district.

Not only entertaining and funny, but the reality of what our school systems now look like.

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Finishing School follows the adventures of Wendy Taylor as she navigates the trends of public education regarding teacher evaluations and student growth. In this new world Wendy now inhabits, 'documentation' is key while 'verification', apparently, is not.

Wendy's snarky inner-voice offers comfort, criticism, and comic relief as she tackles the challenges inherent in any new school year, plus those presented by an assistant principal who does not like her. The unruliest group of children she has taught in many years adds spice to the theme of "Why Is My Career Going Down the Toilet?" In an ironic twist, Wendy finds solace from her woes in the creation of an online magazine,

"This book is not only entertaining and funny but also deals with the reality of what our school systems now look like. A real testament to how politically our schools are now being run. So well written, I felt like I was in the classroom with the main character. A hard to put down book for sure!" - Denise Wanzeck, on Amazon

Available now from Amazon, in both print and e-reader editions.

With 25 years in education, T.L. Zempel offers a credible and comical perspective on what public education has become today -

  • mired in slavish devotion to the gods of standardized testing;
  • emphasizing student growth over student achievement
  • ignoring the elephant in the living room: do school kids actually care about their own education?
  • gambling everything on the flawed idea of Pay-for-Performance

For more on T.L. Zempel and her new book, visit her website at or find and like her on Facebook at tlzempel.

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