By now I swear I've done it all. I've taught high school, middle school, and even graduate school for over 20 years--and written more than two dozen novels in the meantime. I've written curriculum, created new classes out of thin air, turned boring committee meetings into something worth attending, and held students' hands while they cried, pounded their backs when they realized they were graduating after all, and made them feel like a B- was the best thing that ever happened to them. I pioneered teaching media literacy, figured out how to get students to understand they were being hoaxed on the Internet, and have shepherded a mess of student teachers through those scary early years. This job is what you make of it!
If you want to know my teaching style, you have to visit my classroom. The door is always open. You can find my room because it's the one with all the hollering and arm-waving and the students chanting Will Shakespeare or drumming on their desks to Alice Walker while the principal scratches his head and wonders what the hell he just walked into. Come to think of it, that may be my teaching style.
I've been nominated for Teacher of the Year once or twice and been up for a handful of writing awards, but I'm too busy working on my next project to notice if I won or not! My shining moment as a teacher had to be the year when both my sections of English 9 finished reading ROMEO AND JULIET and asked--yes, ASKED--if they could read HAMLET next. Buy me a beer some time and I'll tell you all about it.
I swear I have more letters after my name than in it. So far, I have a B.S. in German and in speech/theater/communication (Central Michigan University), a B.A. in English and in health (Central Michigan University), and an M.A. in English (Seton Hill University). Who knows what I'll pick up next?
Come see my personal web site at http://www.stevenpiziks.com . It has my Twitter feed and my blog, along with info about my books. Yep, they're real--I have an agent and a New York publisher and everything. I live in Michigan with my family. They think I'm hysterical, which isn't the same as thinking I'm hilarious.