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  • Writer's pictureDenise Trach

Teacher Spotlight from

Recently I was invited to answer questions about my teaching by a woman for whom I have a crazy teacher crush. Susan Barber is not only a teacher, she co-authors the above mentioned website (formerly APLitHelp) with another teacher powerhouse: Brian Sztabnik; helped create the AP Lit Mosaic for teachers when the pandemic almost brought us to our knees; and is a frequent contributor (and gracious and generous in giving) to the Facebook group of over 10,000 members, AP Literature and Composition (administrated by Brian Sztabnik). Phew. That's A LOT!

When Susan asked, I accepted immediately. And then froze. That whole imposter syndrome that plagued me when I first started teaching (and kind of deservedly so because I had no idea what I was doing fresh from the restaurant biz in NYC) came rushing back. Why would this accomplished teacher want to know what I thought about the profession. And considering the way things are going lately in the land of education, would what I have to say inspire or enrage? When I read the questions, and began to answer them, I reminded myself of why I am still a teacher. And I have to say thank you, thank you to Susan because that reminder is a gift that couldn't have come at a better time (more on that whole situation one day down the road).

If you are so inclined, please check Susan and Brian's website, and of course, their current Teacher Spotlight. Ciao for now!

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