Just enjoyed this book:
“Failing Mr. Fisher“, Kindle Edition, by James Wintermote
Jim Fisher is a first year teacher who quickly learns that his job is more than simply educating his students. He has to battle indolence in the classroom, enabling parents, and an educational system which caters to student and parental incompetence.
Fisher tries to keep his standards and expectations high, even when he has to go head to head with an administrator who becomes his nemesis.
The novel also takes a glimpse into Fisher’s personal life as he tries to balance the perils of dating with the trials and tribulations of his profession.
The result is a hilarious explosion of absurdity, both in and out of the classroom, that takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride of entertainment and edification.
Failing Mr. Fisher is based on the teaching experiences of James Wintermote and his family and colleagues. Using humor and candor, the novel gives us an insider’s perspective into why the foundation of the American public education system is crumbling and how it affects not only the students, but more importantly the teachers who have been given the responsibility to educate our nation’s children.
James Wintermote was born and raised in El Centro, California. After high school, he spent six years in the U.S. Navy, and then entered the University of Wyoming, receiving a degree in Broadcast Journalism. After working in radio for two years, he returned to UW and earned a second degree in English/Journalism Education. While teaching language arts at various high schools in Nevada, he earned his Master’s degree in Teaching. In 2004 he was admitted to the Great Basin Writing Project’s Invitational Summer Institute (an affiliate of the National Writing Project) and later become its technology liaison from 2005 – 2009.
He was selected as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund teacher exchange program for the October 2006 cycle and spent two weeks in Japan visiting schools in the prefecture of Eniwa, as well as staying with a host family and learning about the local culture. Coming from a family of educators has been a major source of inspiration for his novel. His father is a retired science teacher, and his older brother Michael, younger sister Judy, and younger brother Kelly are also teachers. He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.