I Became An Elementary School Outlaw: A Memoir BY Frank Nappi
by Frank Nappi
Pub Date 25 Jun 2019
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I Became an Elementary School Outlaw, by Frank Nappi, is a delightful memoir of a little boy who ultimately becomes a teacher. The angst of growing up and fitting in as we’ve all experienced at some point in our formative years travel with Frankie on the paths he walks throughout the rest of his life, and maybe even guides his steps. Frankie’s journey through elementary and junior high school will make you reflect upon your own, and you will undoubtedly find yourself smiling quietly at times, and at others laughing out loud. If you have any more fun than laughing along with this Elementary School Outlaw, you might just get arrested!
Frank Nappi's memoir is warm, witty and wise. He vividly captures the heart of a universal experience: what it is like for a child trying to navigate the education system and what a huge difference a good--and bad--teacher can make. So much so, that the impact of those teachers still shapes our lives and behavior decades later. Frank Nappi exposes how a sensitive little boy becomes a childhood rebel -- “I had small arms and shoulders and a huge reputation to lug around.” -- and shares how this rebel grew up to become a successful teacher and author. Nappi brings to life how important it is for teachers -- and adults -- to truly “see kids” -- how their simple encouragement can mean so much, and their careless indifference or outright cruelty can be so damaging. You’ll enjoy spending time with Frank Nappi and his recollections and epiphanies. His life story will surely resonate with your own. - John Owens, author of the best seller Confessions of a Bad Teacher