ATHENS, Ala. (PRWEB) January 31, 2014
“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire,” William Butler Yeats once said. Seasoned educator Elizabeth H. Brett fully comprehends the power of education that even after retirement, she seeks new avenues to educate others. Today, she has transformed herself into a compelling author to reach out to thousands of readers by publishing her experience in her new autobiography, titled So You Want to Be a Teacher?: What I Learned in Forty Years of Teaching.
“[It] is a bit of light reading in a troubled world today,” shares Brett. “I left names by the wayside and emphasized actions, especially innovative behavior. The students I enjoyed were full of mischief, but for the most part, it was simply that—mischief. Very few of the students I taught in my forty years were bad—they just needed a bit of love and understanding.”
Inspired by 40 years of teaching, Brett’s book describes the good, the bad, and the otherwise, to describe schools and the educational system, from high schools to colleges in America. She reveals her personal experiences, reflections and insights, as well as the countless lives she has seen that has been transformed through education. Her hope is that the teacher, as well as others, can relate to some part of this book for everyday life.
The genesis of the book came as a surprising realization to Brett. She said that when she read Up the Down Staircase by Bel Kaufman, she thought, “I could have written that.” She thought seriously about writing her own memories and eventually wrote this book. She has stressed academics, integrity, and love in all her teachings. She has also stated that she is very grateful for the opportunity to know and love so many wonderful students.
Brett knows that education is indispensable, whether formal or informal. It is necessary to survive, especially in this day and age when information and technology are rapidly changing and developing. Anyone who does not constantly learns, gets left behind. Because of its universal theme, Brett believes her book appeals not only to aspiring teachers, but to everyone—from “college president to a baby in arms.”
For four decades, Brett has understood that “education is a matter of the heart,” and has dedicated herself, mind heart and soul, to a noble profession that touches countless lives and shapes the future of the world. Now, she extends the four walls of her classroom to the farthest corners of the earth by publishing her true-to-life stories in So You Want to Be a Teacher?
“Who cares what Socrates said when you are a student who had no supper the night before? I try to be a stepping-stone, not a stumbling block,” she quips.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Hamilton Brett (“Lib”) always wanted to be a teacher. From the time she was a little girl, she always wanted to play school, and of course, she was always the teacher. When she could not find any other children who wanted to participate, she used family pets from up and down the street. She graduated from Athens High School in 1947, Athens College in 1950, and George Peabody College in 1954. She taught at several high schools and ended her career by teaching the last eight years at John C. Calhoun Community College.
So You Want to Be a Teacher? * by Elizabeth H. Brett
What I Learned in Forty Years of Teaching
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