Join Tom Braunger ("Mr. B." to his students) as he learns that teaching English at Waunakee High School is not only a jaw-dropping adventure, but a profound learning experience. Students and teachers switch roles in this sometimes harrowing, sometimes heartbreaking, but always heartwarming collection of stories. Take a seat in the front row and learn along with Mr. B as he discovers: how a starter gun demonstration in the school auditorium might lose a teaching position. how sharing a love for Corvettes could become a topsy-turvy event. why building a float requires stepping back from too much advisor help. a lesson in courage taught by a dying student. how much control a principal really has in dicey situations. how snot can end up on a yearbook film negative. how losing a yearbook (twice!) can lead to an All-American award. why it's never a good idea to ignore the word "harmless" or innocent bystanders may be hurt. Come along with Mr. B. and his colorful cast of students as they guide us through stories of how respect and caring must always flow both ways.
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Tom Braunger first began teaching English at Waunakee, Wisconsin in 1974. His duties included being chairman of the English Department as well as yearbook advisor. He later judged yearbooks for a national organization for several years. Union positions included president for two terms and several years on the negotiations committee specializing in insurance. He also attended Oxford University for a summer course called "Shakespeare for the Ages." His love for Corvettes led him to the ownership of three: 1979, 1984, and 1992. He shared his Corvette fondness with select students, which made for hair-raising experiences. He also gave a speech at graduation on the amusement of people at finding out that he had been crazy enough to buy his first 'Vette. The majority of his students were seniors and college bound so he shared his humbling experiences in a Jesuit college. As he grew up, he told many tales about his father's wholesale meat market to his classes, collected in his first book, Meat Market for the Soul. But his experiences with individual students had touched him. He wanted to share those life lessons in this second book.
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