Author: Peggy Mastel
As a teacher, I always enjoy reading memoirs from other teachers. Peggy Mastel has written a book that is about her year as a substitute teacher in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After losing her son, Peggy dives into substitute teaching in various grade in the public school system. I have never subbed before, but I always wondered what it would be like to go into someone else's classroom and having to take over. Peggy had some very positive, fun times, but also some very rough times. She experienced the struggles of working in some classroom where poverty had a huge effect on the students in the classroom. Some of the classrooms didn't have enough pencils for all of the students. I was very impressed by the fact that she had never taught before, but she was able to take control and really make an impact on many of the students she taught. As a teacher it gave me some relief to know that there are struggles in all classroom. Peggy was able to work in a variety of classes, from kindergarten to fifth grade, from a combination classroom to a special education classroom. I really also liked the fact that Peggy was very honest about her feelings for the students and her experiences. I think that this book would be perfect for any teacher or anyone who wants to have the inside scoop to the teaching world.! I can see myself pulling the book off my bookshelf many times!