I am just like you, except that I didn’t just raise my own two teenagers, I had a hand in “raising” thousands of others. I am a 20-year veteran teacher who has spent more time with teenagers than is probably healthy. But all of my experiences (angst-ridden and otherwise) helped me to write Teenagers 101: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Kid Succeed, and for that, I am grateful. Through it all, I’ve discovered that despite my occasional venting to the contrary, I have discovered the wonderful attributes of this misunderstood generation. I hope I am able to help you to do the same.

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  • I am the author of the book Teenagers 101: What a Top Teacher Wishes You Knew About Helping Your Kid Succeed (Amacom, 2014)
  • I am the CEO of Teenager Success 101, a personalized, one-on-one program geared toward helping teens in 6th-12th grade find their path for success. We are a team of top educators from around the nation who tutor and offer support to students from around the nation via Skype. Check us out at teenagersuccess101.com.
  • I have a doctorate in education (EdD) and have spent years researching and collecting data on teenagers.
  • I am a 20-year veteran English teacher who has worked with thousands of teenagers and their parents.
  • As a teacher, I was able to motivate students to their highest levels of success, including achieving a 100% pass rate on the AP exam.
  • I am known for my high level of respect for both parents and students and my lack of behavior problems.
  • I am a mother of two successful young adults, so I recently navigated the teenage waters myself.

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  1. About halfway through Teenagers 101 and it has brought up bad memories from teaching. Presently, I am in a great teaching position, but I have had an experience similar to teaching nightmare as described in Chapt. 4. Several years ago, I gave a B to a daughter of a fellow teacher who had been on staff for some years and felt she should had received an A. This was my first year at this small town school. Needless to say, with no support from administration, my days were numbered. Particularly in small towns, when you are not from the community, you rarely have support and your abilities are constantly in question. My replacement the following year, was a teacher from the community who wasn’t even certified in the teaching curriculum, but was acceptable to the administration and “the fellow teacher”. I agree the student has lost out by her parent’s intervention, but it is so shocking that it would be instigated by a fellow teacher. But as teachers and parents, we are sometime worst than others.


  2. I hate to hear a story like yours, but I am so glad you found a teaching position where you are rewarded (as you should be) and happy. And I agree that it’s doubly painful to experience that kind of pressure at the hands of another teacher, who should know better. I wonder if they realized the error of their ways?


  3. Hi! I just wanted to say I wish that you were my counselor in high school. Someone like you would have helped make that time a bit happier. I had a counselor who lied to me so I wasn’t able to graduate early. But from what I can tell, you want to students to learn and appreciate their efforts and want to help them. Thank you for that.


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