After 20 years in private industry, I began teaching in the urban core. “Me and My Mama’s Tattoo” represents the voices of my students.
About this project
I decided to write “Me and My Mama’s Tattoo” after a conversation I had with a student. I wanted to discuss the tough job of being a classroom instructor, and talk about the students I served daily. One year, a student explained to me that it was more important to work more hours at the neighborhood store, so he could purchase tattoos for him and his mother, than to finish summer school. Our conversation emphasized the importance family has on how a student views education. This book contains seven key stories shared with me by my students during my first ten years as a teacher. The book is written. I need assistance in printing and publishing “Me and My Mama’s Tattoo”. I have found it amazing to listen to the students who are impacted not only by what and how I teach, but specifically how they were raised. If this book helps one teacher in being more empathetic and action oriented, then I have done my job. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
The book has been written, and a website has been created. My major obstacle is releasing the book for printing. I will not hold up the printing, but I want to make sure it is as close to perfect as possible. The editor I select will have a narrow window, and I want to make sure everyone who selects this campaign will receive their book on time.