Each time I walk into a classroom,I can choose the place within myselffrom which my teaching will come,just as I can choose the place within my studentstoward which my teaching will be aimed.Parker J. Palmer

The day after the teachers’ meeting, I visited Sophie for the last time. Heather, her daughter, ushered me into the bedroom where her mother was sleeping, and touched Sophie’s shoulder gently, telling her I was there. Sophie’s eyes fluttered open and she smiled, inviting me to sit down in a chair beside her bed. She was surprisingly eager to hear about our presentation at the school meeting. Typical of her, Sophie’s passion for education never faded, not even in those final days. I told her about Brandon and Becky ...

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