Legendary Teacher Stories: “How to Catch a Swamp Frog”


Just heard about this new book written by retired Flowing Well Superintendent Dr. Nicholas Clement, about the legendary teachers he knew in his career.

From his website (www.legendaryteacher.com), a copy of the book cover and explanation about why this title is about swamp frogs:swampfrog

Go to the website for reviews, and info on how to purchase this book (for less than $12). At the Pima County Bd. of Supervisors meeting today, Dr. Clement said that all royalties for the book will go directly to a Tucson  nonprofit, for teachers to apply for $100 grants for their classrooms (starting 10/1/14). The book contains 10 stories of remarkable teachers.

Coming up on Thursday  September 25, Legendary Teacher Day.

I fondly remember my high school English teacher who was so inspiring and challenged us to read and enjoy T. S.  Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”  I’m sure many of you have stories of your own legendary teachers. I also had a terrific high school math teacher, who gave us a love of mathematics as well.  Buy this book and read about others.

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Carolyn Classen
Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).