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A Brooklyn girl, Deborah finished her master’s in Teaching English as a Second Language in the mid-seventies, just when the New York City schools were laying off all new teachers. As a result, she found and lost three jobs in two years.
During her years of study, her mother, uncle and aunt, the people she was closest to, all fell victim to cancer and passed away. What to do now? Deborah decided to take off for Cancún, Mexico. She had been there at the beginning of the construction, and she knew that many of the residents of this brand-new city wanted to study English. There she founded a language school that that served the working community for twenty-five years.
After thirteen years in Cancún, Deborah and her young son had many reasons for leaving the school under the direction of others and returning to the states—they chose Berkeley, California, and are delighted with the vibrant multicultural community they found.
Over the last decade Deborah has developed and published games and supplementary materials for learning languages. She presents at teachers’ conferences, often with prize-winning bilingual children’s author Rene Colato Lainez. She also teaches ESL to a great crowd of UC Berkeley’s Visiting Scholars and others at Albany Adult School, and at SF’s Academy of Art University. And she writes.
Deborah is an active member of the Berkeley Branch of the California Writers Club, the Kid Lit critique group, and a hiking group, the Newtniks.
on Sep. 28, 2011 :
A Mango for the Teacher is a joyful read, although it describes some heartache as well. It describes the adventures of the teacher of the title as she lives in and works in Cancun, in its early years as a tourist attraction.
Her adventures in and out of the classroom provide the reader with a vivid picture of a more innocent time--one we all want to be enveloped by.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)