My Best Teachers Were Saints: What Every Educator Can Learn from the Heroes of the Church
- Publish Date: 2007-02-01
- Binding: Paperback
- Author: Susan H. Swetnam
Discipline problems, self-doubt, tense meetings, classroom stress . . . Couldnt every teacher use some saintly help?
Every teacher can think of at least one mentor who has served as an inspiration over the years. However, many teacherseven those with a Catholic faithmight not have considered that saints can serve as mentors. Author and teacher Susan H. Swetnam believes that saints arent only good teacherstheyre the best teachers.
In My Best Teachers Were Saints, Swetnam focuses on fifty-two saintsmany of them teacherswho faced challenges similar to those that nearly all educators face today, from indifferent students and recalcitrant colleagues to their own limitations and feelings of isolation. With the examples of saints such as Augustine, Ignatius of Loyola, and Scholastica, Swetnam eagerly shares how their words and deeds helped immensely in her own career as a teacher and how they can aid and inspire other educators as well.
Anyone involved in educationwhether teaching religion or mathematics, kindergartners or graduate studentswill discover within these pages a treasure trove of saintly help that is sure to prove that the best teachers are in fact saints!