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HBF Teacher has been a public school middle grades teacher for three years. Before that, HBF substitute taught for two years. HBF has also worked as a live-in nanny and an accounts payable representative.
Today, when not nurturing young minds, HBF enjoys travel, photography, culinary arts, and the cinema. The Cohen Brothers and Tyler Perry are among her favorite artistic contributors.
HBF Teacher is also the author of No Teachers Left Behind, a fictional yet realistic look at the frustrations of middle school staff.
We interviewed HBF Teacher to find out more about her controversial book and her life as a published author.
Thank you for this interview, HBF Teacher. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
Well I’m a happily married middle grades school teacher with two children. I’ve been writing ever since kindergarten. Of course, my stories have gotten lengthier and hopefully much better over the years.
Do you write full-time?
A part of me would love to write full-time, but then there’s the other part of me that needs to share my love of literature and writing. That’s the part of me that’s inside of a classroom most of the year.
At what point in your life did you make up your mind you were going to become a published author?
Right after 9/11. I had been writing forever, but I kept pushing the publishing side away for some reason. September 11th changed my life like it changed the lives of so many others. I didn’t want tomorrow to come and not have achieved my goal of publishing a book.
Was there anyone in your life that you can give credit to helping pave the way?
My grandmother – the most remarkable school teacher I’ve ever known. I spent many of my younger years with her, and what I recall most was that even when she had to scrape the bottom of her purse for change, she always had money to buy me some type of book or magazine to read. She also reminded me how important it is to always keeping moving ahead.
What was your favorite book to read as a child?
I didn’t have a particular favorite book, but I did read every Hardy Boys mystery I could get my hands on.
If you could trade places with one author who you have admired over the years, who would it be and why?
Most definitely Maya Angelou. She writes with a passion and skill that I couldn’t even imitate. Every word she writes – it touches and moves the readers. If the term “literary goddess” could be found in a dictionary, her name would be written beside it.
Can you tell us a little about your latest book?
No Teachers Left Behind represents the frustrations of a public, middle school staff. The teachers in the novel, for the most part, share a common goal – to help their students become better than they are so that they can grow up and become successful adults. Being a teacher involves a great deal more than teaching, and often, much of the other stuff isn’t pleasant. Sometimes, teachers have to deal with overbearing and unsupportive parents and principals. The unmotivated and/or disrespectful students add a burden as well. All that mixed with educational red tape leave some teachers wondering how they came to be wasting their lives. Using a series of emails, poems, and brief conversations, the teachers of No Teachers Left Behind share their frustrations and disappointments, in hopes of remembering why they became educators.
Where do you get ideas to write your books?
I’ve always chosen to write what I know. As a practicing teacher, who deals with frustration every day, it was an obvious choice. All I had to do was think about the things I deal with everyday and then create tiny stories around those scenarios.
What’s next for you?
Right now, I’m working on a children’s book, and after that, well let’s just say that the sequel to No Teachers Left Behind is already buzzing around in my head.
Thank you for this interview, HBF Teacher! Do you have any final words you’d like to share with my readers?
Thanks for spending time with me today. I hoped you enjoy learning more about me and No Teachers Left Behind. Visit me on the web.