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Teachers are Rainbows in the Clouds

May 28, 2014

I discovered Maya Angelou as a young teacher and have always admired her strength and courage. I am so happy I had the opportunity to see and hear her last year. We have lost an artist and a kind soul.


From Surviving to Thriving

Today’s blog post honors a strong woman and educator during Women’s History Month.

I first came to know Maya Angelou as a middle school teacher in 1979. I read her autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,  as I was previewing literature for my classroom. What a powerful story! It has been a favorite book since.

Book Description

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great…

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