A former drop-out prevention teacher in a New York City high school, earned a master’s degree from New York University in education and creative writing. Although, when she began teaching in the real ACE program, depicted in Shades of Gray, she had no idea that it would change her life forever. Having been out of the classroom for a few years, Jacoby Hale still felt the need to make a difference in the lives of students.
She had a fondness for writing since she was a child, but it wasn’t until many years later that Jacoby Hale felt the need to tell the story of a dedicated teacher. She believes that good teachers are often unappreciated, while students’ needs are frequently misconstrued. Sometimes the only thing missing in today’s classrooms is compassion.Susanne Jacoby Hale currently lives in south Florida with her husband and their three children.
In inner-city New York, riots and teen pregnancy run rampant through the hallways of Malcolm High School. One woman’s crusade to improve the lives of her students will alter her life beyond recognition. When Olivia Dalton discovers an abandoned baby girl on her doorstep she finds a fresh outlook on life and a new meaning of love.