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Rafe Esquithis an award-winning American teacher who taught at Hobart Boulevard Elementary School, in Los Angeles, California, from 1984 until 2015. He is the product of the Los Angeles public schools and a graduate of UCLA. His many honors and awards include the 1992 Disney National Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award, a Sigma Beta Delta Fellowship from Johns Hopkins University, Parents Magazine's As You Grow Award, Oprah Winfrey's Use Your Life Award, and an MBE from Queen Elizabeth. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Barbara Tong.
"Esquith is a modern-day Thoreau, preaching the value of good work, honest self-reflection and the courage to go one's own way." -Newsday "Half-memoir, half 'Chicken Soup for the Teacher's Soul.' . . . Esquith's methods are not complicated, terendy, or political. . . . The perfect spokesman for the 'pick yourself up by the bootstraps' crowd." -The New York Sun "Freethinking, demanding, encouraging." -Kirkus Reviews "Passionate and inspiring...With anecdotes that are alternately amusing and disheartening, Esquith details the joys and frustrations of teaching and offers valuable insights to parents and teachers alike." -Booklist