A St. Louis native and middle school English teacher for the past twenty-one years, Edward Scott Ibur founded and co-teaches the Gifted Writers Project for Middle & High School in which more than 1,600 young writers have participated. In addition to wielding pen and pointer, Ibur’s professional drumming in rock and world music bands has proven invaluable in writing Teacher of the Year, a novel featuring an eclectic array of songs and musical genres. Edward Scott Ibur and his wife, painter Anne Molasky Ibur, have two daughters. Teacher Of The Year is Ibur’s first novel.
A middle school teacher spends an academic year on professional probation with three "interventionists" (shadows)—a wise Sherpa, a retired army general and a hip-hop MC—all recruited to save Eisenberg's career, which is threatened by the No Child Left Behind law.