Author: Anne Schober
Paperback: 212 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
Each of us has a story. Each of us is unique. Heart Prints encourages teachers to open their hearts and eyes to each of the students in their classrooms. It reveals the realities of the classroom when a teacher realizes that each person has a story to tell and each person has a voice to be heard. This work is a story of connections, success, heartbreak and love. It is an impassioned call to learn to teach, love and speak with your heart to change your life. This book is filled with honesty, despair, victories and tears. Through my voice as a teacher and my students’ voices, we reflect on our time together and the way our connections are illuminated through Heart Prints; a story filled with hope. My story was difficult to write because it was not just my story. My family, my students, and my fellow teachers became an integral part of my daily life. Our lives were so intertwined, it was impossible to separate them. Heart Prints is that story—our story. After I became a Freedom Writer teacher in July of 2007, my life as a teacher changed more than words can describe. Erin Gruwell showed me how to teach with my heart so that the rest will follow. I learned how to 'put myself out there' so that my students would learn to trust me. I learned that sometimes the hardest stories—the ones that tear us up and spit us out—were the ones that made us stronger.
About the Author
Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Anne Schober moved to Lancaster, PA when she was thirteen years old. She graduated from Gannon University in 1983 with an Associate’s degree in Medical Assisting and from Millersville University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in English Education. Anne worked for three years in public education and for the past twelve years in private education at Lancaster Catholic High School, where she also served as the English Department Chairperson. In July of 2007, she was picked out of over 10,000 applicants to work with Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers Foundation and she is currently one of 300 educators worldwide certified as a Freedom Writer teacher. For the past eight years, she has also worked as an adjunct for the Pennsylvania Writing Institute, held at Millersville University. In August 2010, she became a published author with the release of Teaching Hope, a compilation of stories from the classroom written by the Freedom Writer teachers along with Erin Gruwell. Anne is also the chairperson for the PCTELA conference to be held on October 24 - 25 in Pittsburgh, PA, with the theme “Energized Teachers + Engaged Students = Success!” Anne currently works with Thom Stecher and Associates teaching classes on writing and Project Based Learning, while also assisting in running Building Hope, a safe haven for teens that her students opened in February 2013. She has been married to her husband, Mike, for 28 years and has three children.