A reader’s perspective on more amazing teacher stories!
Last week I had fun picking out some LesFic stories that featured some amazing teachers, because everyone benefits from teachers (check it out here). And how many of us have had a crush on a teacher growing up (or currently)? So here is week two of teacher appreciation. Feel free to join in with some teachers (live or fictional) that have shaped your heart.
So first up would be Lena Coleridge from Lynn Galli’s Mending Defects, though technically she is the new high school principle who moves into town- it’s still a position that doesn’t get the respect it deserves. In addition to how amazing her character contrasts with Glory Eiben, I absolutely love some of the ideas and changes Lena makes to the school that kind of/sort of get her into trouble. Honestly though, the changes make sense and it seems like most parents would want that kind of structure for their children during their formative years. If you haven’t had a chance to pick this one up yet, do be aware it is the first in the Aspen Friends series so you will be in for lots of additional stories after finishing this one- plan your time accordingly (it’s worth it)! And if you don’t develop a crush on Lena for her amazing skills as a principle you will definitely crush on the romance between her and Glory.
Speaking of crushes though, and why shouldn’t we, how about the parent on the teacher crush? Or is it the teacher on the parent crush? This was the perfect set-up for Kate Christie’s Leaving L.A.. To be honest, I don’t know who had it better Tessa the movie star mom finding the perfect teacher, friend, and role-model for her daughter or Eleanor the teacher finding a smart, thoughtful, stunningly beautiful movie star for a friend. The dedication that Eleanor showed to her class and the preparation that teachers do on the off hours was beautifully portrayed as she was practicing her activities to make sure they would wow her students the next day. This is a wonderful fairy tale though and I would definitely encourage all readers to pick up a copy and get lost in L.A..
Jane DeLynn had a different type of set up with her teacher in In Thrall. Here Lynn, the sixteen-year-old student writes her teacher, Mrs. Maxwell, that begins a hilarious love affair. Having been originally published in 1982 the story has stereotypes from a young person’s generation that at the time, could definitely be believed as accurate for a sixteen year old. I would love to think that the stereotypes that Lynn was so worried may appear on her each day are no longer thoughts that our youth struggle with, but I know is some areas the resources and education are not yet there. This story definitely captures a time in our history where homosexuality was not understood or supported well in the school systems. I’m so glad that our society is moving away from that- slowly at times but moving.
And of course we have to celebrate those amazing authors who not only teach but provide awesome reading material for their students. This week I would love to celebrate the work of Annameekee Hesik and her series, The You Know Who Girls. Right now she has freshman and sophomore year but hopefully junior year will be coming along soon! The stories captures a very realistic (at least for me) view of what our LGBTQ students are going through as they navigate the world of high school.
All right readers, what are some LesFic teacher stories that you have read and loved? It’s back to school time, so brush off all those memories and let’s find some more stories that capture the profession that touches us all! I would love to hear your favorites!