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Breaking news: "Yo Miz!" is a TRIPLE WINNER for "Best Non Fiction" and "Best New Voice/Non Fiction": National Indie Excellence Awards (Gold), Ben Franklin Award (Silver) IPBA and Non Fiction Book Awards (Bronze).
Elizabeth Rose swore she would never follow the advice of her parents, both teachers, and become a teacher, too. But in between creating music and comedy for stage, film and TV, she took a gig teaching songwriting in a NYC public high school. Her students, mostly from the projects, ignited her with their energy and raw creativity. Frustrated by the school's outdated technology and lack of a music program, she raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in tech grants enabling her kids to create DVD yearbooks and record original songs. When her job was cut, she was given the choice of substituting in a different school each week--or resigning. She almost resigned. Then she realized that this assignment would give her access to a unique story. So she stayed. And wrote it. She hopes her late parents are having an unearthly chuckle.
on April 19, 2015 :
Miz Rose has got a winner here. Yo Miz! is funny, touching, and offers a fascinating insight to those of us who have never worked in a school or really understood how much hard work, caring and sacrifice went on behind the scenes. Although she and the other Excessed Teachers truly were ill-used by the Department of Education and this memoir obviously intends to point out their shortcomings and questionable policies, it’s done fairly and without malice. Sometimes madcap, sometimes upsetting and thoroughly enjoyable, Yo Miz! moves along quickly and is hard to put aside when it’s time to turn off the lights at night. Although Elizabeth Rose admits that teaching has always been her B job, and modestly refuses to make herself the heroine of the story (it's about the kids), she’s obviously been a damn fine teacher. Give this one a try.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)