"Never Stop Smiling - A Special Education Teacher's Memoir" is my wife's book about her over thirty years of teaching experience through laughter, heartaches, and student achievement. I can personally say through an unbiased prism that you'll enjoy it. Here's what other's had to say:
"This book was heart touching. It represents the very heart of the great work that goes into the job of special teachers who have the best interest of children. Good reading; it made me cry, laugh and sometime upset, but it was very informative. Realistic life stories I could relate to. This book comes alive with every page. A must read."
Dr. Paulette Hunter, Master Mental Health Coach
"The book is an absolute page turner and the fluidity of the pages easily claims one's attention. Also, my wife being a Washingtonian herself I'm certain will enjoy the book too once I share it with her asap. The book was intriguing to me in that it informed me about the harsh reality of the disparity in the treatment of public school officials towards Special Education Teachers and Students (SETS). The too frequent adversities which were intentionally and unfairly heaped upon the author clearly shows a cultural implicit bias that is rampant. The candid accounts of real time situations and circumstances were written about in such a way that is revealing and impactful to its core. Additionally, the book is illuminating to such an extent it is inherently inspirational to any one who has experienced the public system regarding SETS. The author in no uncertain terms, depicts the mentality (mindset) of a SET necessary to overcome the obstacles to ensuring SES were valued and respected. In an environment often combative and confrontational caused by school officials many of whom have an attitude of indifference made solvable matters a hardship.
Nonetheless, the book convinces you that only a teacher who is fully committed ("Called") will have the capacity or the unwavering integrity needed to advance the causes of the SES as "servant leader". Case in point, the author's writing captures the imagination of the reader in showing how a SET abiding in a spirit of excellence on behalf of SES will invariably provide, protect and promote the interests and well-being of the SES to the highest. In so doing, the writer leaves an inspirational imprint which stems from her own unyielding courage and caring for her SES. Furthermore, this is evidenced in her mastery of the "5 Ps" (Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance) in order to effectively impact the learning experience of her SES so they can realize their individual success and achievement."
Watson Fennell, Retired Housing Administrator
An intriguing heart-warming saga of a passionate committed special education teacher who challenges a systemically stereotypical public educational system that denied her students the rights to a quality education. Her journey in this book is engaging, heart-felt, risky, an entrenched labor of love as she surrenders every ounce of faith, trust and fortitude to take the path and necessary courses of action to get fair and equitable results. The book presents an underlining lesson in motivation, determination, psychological fortitude and the will to sustain the toils and strifes as you challenge life. Theme of the book is so fitting, " Never Stop Smiling" despite the results of your battle. My God, I found it so hard to put this contribution of a book to rest. The story is so impacting. It presents a unique unprecedented approach to children with learning disabilities, and children who have been labored prejudicially by society. Her thrust and energy is directed at giving them all the resources and love needed to succeed even in their personal lives.
Ms. Fair pours her heart and tears in this book. This has been her life's work. It's a story of a true hero. I invite you to read it. It's intriguing, dramatic and entertaining. Would make a wonderful screenplay.
Phil Latson, Jr.
Most people are never fortunate enough to find their " calling " in a lifetime, let alone at a young age. Mrs. Fair is one of those rare individuals that recognized hers and made many other lives better because of it. Her philosophy of never giving up on special needs children placed her positive attitude on display daily, in spite of negative pushback on a regular basis from numerous
sources. Her determination to make each child reach full potential is still the standard that all Special Education teachers must live by, for it is not a job, but truly a " calling ."
I found this story of this teacher's loving and relentless work on her students' behalf easy to read and uplifting. Ms. Fair's fervent desire to work with children special needs started at an early age and she persevered around bureaucratic obstacles and past officials who didn't share her passion and vision. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
John Dale, Washington, DC