“Superbly written and timely, Teaching in the Terrordome casts an unflinching gaze on one of America’s ‘dropout factory’ high schools. Though Teach For America often touts its most successful teacher stories, Lanier’s powerful memoir illuminates a more common experience of “Teaching For America” with thoughtful complexity, a poet’s eye, and an engaging voice.”—University of Missouri Press
Praise for Teaching in the Terrordome:
“I loved Teaching in the Terrordome. It’s a heart-wrenching, sometimes humorous, and much needed account of what it’s like to be a new teacher–one with smarts, courage, compassion and still–totally unprepared! Who could be prepared? I couldn’t put it down.” —Deborah Meier, author of In Schools We Trust, and Many Children Left Behind.
“What shall happen to us with our hope? Teaching in the Terrordome tackles the hardest possible questions, not only for educators, but for anyone who treads the line between optimism and the gritty reality of our age. Heather Kirn Lanier’s memoir is both compelling and wise.” —Stephen Kuusisto, author of Planet of the Blind