A National Board certified teacher, Roxanna Elden has taught adult education, elementary school, middle school, high school, day school, night school, Saturday school and summer school. She has taught in Chicago, Houston, and Miami, and does standup comedy, presentations, and speeches based on her classroom experience.
Roxanna entered the school system with the best intentions and plenty of training. Guidebooks for beginning teachers addressed things she had heard before, like why high expectations were important. Unfortunately, none of them addressed the questions her training hadn’t covered: How could she maintain high expectations when her students couldn’t read the textbooks? How could she get them to take a state test seriously when their last teacher had “helped” them on test day? How did students figure out so quickly that she was a first year teacher?
Roxanna knows experiences like these keep many good teachers from sticking with this tough profession – a tragedy for them and for our schools. Her book and speeches combine the humor, honesty, and practical advice she needed her own first year, and that teachers today need more than ever.