Why We Teach
Award-Winning Teacher Linda Alston Pens Memoir “Why We Teach” To Share Her Stories from the Classroom and Inspire Her Peers
Defying the Current Crisis in Teacher Retention, Alston Has Stayed in the Classroom for More Than 20 Years — and Loved Every Minute of It
New York, NY (March 20, 2008) -- In an effort to inspire teachers and to remind them why teaching can be so rewarding, Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, has released Why We Teach (March 2008), a new teacher memoir by award-winning educator Linda Alston. Why We Teach tells the story of a teacher who has continued to love her job for more than 20 years at a time when teacher retention has become a national crisis. Studies show that between 30 and 50 percent of all new teachers quit the profession within five years.
Alston, currently a kindergarten teacher at Farrell B. Howell Elementary School in Denver, Co., has been recognized for excellence in teaching with the first $100,000 KIPP/Kinder Excellence in Teaching Award, the Milken National Educator Award, the Walt Disney American Teacher Award and the Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Award. She has taught students ages 3-15 in public, private, charter and Sunday schools.