Claire Hébert - work-a-holic teacher who always wants to be prepared because she knows how out of hand things can get if she's not - is the main character in Chris Williams' book, 'Behind the Teacher's Desk: The Rules were Made for Everyone but Me'. When a teacher is injured in the school parking lot, all her prep work goes out the window because people have to be shifted around to cover the fallen coworker - whose accident is a mystery to be solved. Combine this chaos with her love life (her boyfriend surprises her with the added responsibility of a puppy.) Mix in her eclectic group of staff members and students at the school. Add the daily pressures and turmoil, and you get a view from behind a teacher's desk.
Chris Williams delivers a strong character in Claire Hébert. I feel she represents what I'd want to see in a teacher mentoring my own children. She is dedicated, and her struggle within the system trying to fight for her own beliefs about how best to educate the children was very engaging. It is enlightening to see the components of the educational system from the viewpoint of a teacher, and even though it is a fictional story, I believed it could be something that happens every day in real life. The experience of the author makes the story credible. The students in the book are all unique and beg for your attention. 'Behind the Teacher's Desk: The Rules were Made for Everyone but Me' is an informative and thought provoking read.
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