No Teacher Left Standing
Sarah Morgan hates conflict. She never understood her parents constant sniping at each other and she always felt like she had to protect her little sister. Avoiding fights has served her well over the years, especially as a first grade teacher. However, now she must defend herself against a duplicitous principal, a Machiavellian superintendent, and a libelous, vitriolic attack from a mean-spirited and crazy parent. To further complicate matters, after two miscarriages, Sarah is pregnant again and her husband is working out of town. Now she must become what she has always avoided, a fighter.
Sarah represents the best in all of us. She is a strong woman who shows grace, courage, humor and understanding as a first grade teacher under duress. Confronted with educational policy dictated by ivy-tower administrators and politicians, some of her colleagues buckle under the psychological strain; however, Sarah never gives up.
About Jeffrey Penn May (St. Louis, Missouri Author)
Jeffrey Penn May has won several short fiction awards, published mountain climbing and education articles, technical writing guides, short stories and poems. His work has appeared in the US, UK, and Canada. He wrote and performed a short story for Washington University Radio and was a consultant to a St. Louis theatre company. His novel Where the River Splits received a an excellent review in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and his story “The Wells Creek Route,” a Pushcart Prize nomination. Recently, his stories have appeared in The Rambler, The Avalon Literary Review, Firewords Quarterly, Down in the Dirt, Bewildering Stories, Mulberry Fork Review, Jokes Review, and others.
After earning his a BA in English and Psychology, a Masters in Secondary English Education, and a Writer’s Certificate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Jeff worked as a waiter, hotel security officer, credit manager, deck hand, technical data engineer, creative writing instructor, and English teacher. He was the principal of a small alternative school where he organized a fund-raising, climbing expedition and appeared in television and radio spotlights. Currently, Jeff teaches writing and fly-fishing.
Born at Fort Ord near Monterey, California, and raised in St. Louis, Jeff has always been compelled to explore the outdoors, leading to many questionable “vacations.” His adventures include, but are not limited to the following: floated a home-built wood and barrel raft from St. Louis to Memphis, navigated a John boat to New Orleans, dug for Pre-Colombian artifacts in central Mexico, and climbed mountains from Alaska to South America. Visit Jeff’s website at www.askwritefish.com.