Teacher Feature

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Hear from Mrs. Crawford, our Admin Coordinator

  As she talks about the books that inspired her growing up to the books she cherishes today.

Did you read much during your teenage years?

Yes.

Is there a book you remember fondly from that time? A book that influenced you? If so, what do you remember about and/or how did it influence you?

The book ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles’ inspired me to read more classics and gave me an interest in history. I found it interesting to compare my own teenage years to the main characters.

What school novel did you least like having it read?

Lord of the Flies, I thought it was just an awful awful book.

Is there a teacher or person that brought books to life for you as a kid?

When I was a little kid my mom would read and do different voices. She really brought the books to life. But when I was a teenager, it was my history teacher that inspired me. At the beginning of every class he would tell us [the class] a funny anecdote that related somehow to what we would be doing in class. His passion also made it real, and made history interesting. He’s the one that recommended I read ‘Tess of the D’urbervilles.’

What do you like reading as an adult?

I like a good meaty drama, one with a rich story, biographies, sometimes crime but I don’t like murder. I’m also in a book club.

If I caught you reading by surprise, what would I most likely find you reading? Magazines, emails, newspapers, novels, blogs, text messages?

Probably a Drama, I can just lose myself in a book and get so engrossed in the story. I sometimes find myself reading until 2 am on a school night, “if the book is good.”

Is there a book that stands out in your mind?

The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. They were disturbing but great. It was sad to read how that was still happening in those places today. The Secret Daughter also comes to mind but I don’t want to spoil anything.

Do you have a book recommendation for students or staff?

The Soldier’s Wife.

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