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No one knows how unpredictable first graders can be better than a first-grade teacher. In “Mommy Couldn’t Find Her Eyelashes: Forty-Four Years in First Grade” (published by iUniverse), retired elementary educator Mary Jane Fizer shares excerpts from written papers and some of her favorite amusing and poignant conversations with her first-grade students, providing an unforgettable glimpse into the innocent, often uncensored minds and imaginations of children.
Fizer relies on more than 40 years of experience in a classroom environment to offer a diverse compilation of funny sayings and heartfelt moments she experienced with her students. From the student who said he wanted to be both the President of the United States and a forklift operator to the boy who announced that he needed to see the nurse because he thought he had head lights. Fizer recalls the unpredictable moments of every day she spent in front of a classroom serving as a teacher, role model, stand-in mother and source of information who had to somehow find a creative answer to every creative question.
Fizer hopes her book gives readers a greater appreciation for teachers and a sense that first graders often have innovative minds and imaginations. “My book shows how open and honest first grade students can be and how caring and concerned they are for others,” she says.
About the Author
Mary Jane Fizer earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Concord College in Athens, W.Va., and a master’s degree in elementary education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. She spent the last 40 years of her teaching career in Prince William County Schools in Woodbridge, Va., where she still resides today.
Source: Press Release