An Uncommon Journey: Leadership Lessons From A Preschool Teacher Who Became A University President

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Dr. Shirley Raines, now a much sought after speaker, consultant, and author, earned her way from a humble farm in Tennessee to the office of the President of the University of Memphis as the first woman president of that institution. In this frank and heartfelt volume, Dr. Raines shares how this unlikely journey transpired. She describes challenges she faced and lessons she learned along the way that may encourage other young women to pursue careers as leaders, whatever the leadership title. She tells us about how special, loving people in her life guided and supported her along the way, including the touching story of how a professor saved her from giving up on her college education before she even got started. The narrative shows how Dr. Raines starting as a young woman prepared for every opportunity by doing her homework. Those around her who came to respect her described her as “spunky” and labeled her a “steel magnolia.” Read how Dr. Raines developed successful relationships with famous and powerful people in every walk of life including other university presidents, high profile celebrities, state governors, and wealthy philanthropists. At the same time, discover how she never forgot the working men and women who served in support roles and kept the gears turning. This is a must-read for people, especially women, considering or pursuing a leadership role in education or related fields. And an enjoyable read for the rest.

Introducing Susan Stanford, author of Memoir of a Chihuahua Bat

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Susan Stanford is a retired educator with 29 years in the public classroom. She attributes her teaching success to her passion for the Spanish Language and to her off the wall educational colleague, Cherryl. In 1999 they formed the Chihuahua Bat and as language consultants they presented workshops and published materials for language teachers throughout the state of Texas. Their most popular publication is Pigs Can Fly When You Create Language with a Chihuahua Bat. Living in country inspired Susan to develop authentic language activities and nurtured her childish enthusiasm for the Mexican culture. In 2005 Susan received the honor of Teacher of the Year for her campus, Reagan High School, The North East Independent School District, and Region 20. In 2006 she was the recipient of the Alamo Heights Rotary VIP in Education, the KENS ExCEL Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Walmart Teacher of the Year. Susan grew up in Dallas, Texas where she met her husband, Mike. They have three children and three grandchildren. She loves spending time with her family and traveling. No longer in the classroom, her passion now is writing about her teaching career and her journey as a Chihuahua Bat. She hopes to inspire educators, still standing in the classroom, to think outside of the box, rock the boat every now and then, and ask themselves: “What would a Chihuahua Bat do?”

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Elizabeth Jones, a newly hired Spanish teacher at North Gate High School, finds herself standing in the middle of a cinder block warehouse at her new campus. Formerly an Industrial Arts room with old equipment stored against the walls and rusty nuts and bolts scattered across the floor, Elizabeth is horrified to find out that this is her new classroom. She is even more stunned to find out that she will be sharing this space with Theater Arts classes and a clinic without a ceiling. Encountering falling flats, puking students, noisy theater rehearsals, and without the basic classroom set up like a board and desks, Elizabeth finds herself ready to quit! Jean Smith, her comical and uncensored department chair, reassures Elizabeth that together, with the help of their rowdy colleagues, they can tackle this looming obstacle. Faced with the decision to quit or step up, she decides to embrace this challenge and throw away traditional teaching methods and create a new interactive approach to teaching a language. Join Elizabeth and Jean as they rock the boat, challenge their administrators, and become the Chihuahua Bats.

Introducing Morris Gliklich, author of The Memoirs of Morris Gliklich: Holocaust Years and Beyond

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Morris Gliklich was born in Nisko, Poland. When the Germans invaded Poland in 1939, he and his family made a daring escape from their town and the advancing Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians and sent to Siberian labor camps. Following the war, they found their way to Germany, spending time in a series of DP camps. He immigrated to the United States in 1951, where he went on to join the US Army, attend college, marry, start a family, and launch a successful business career.

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Holocaust Years-From Poland to Siberia. The German invasion of Poland in 1939 put an end to the tranquil childhood of Morris Gliklich. Fleeing the Nazis, only to be captured by the Russians, Morris and his family spent much of the war years in Siberian labor camps. Narrowly escaping death on numerous occasions, first from the Nazis and the Russians, then from Siberian winters, bears, and malaria, Morris survived the war with his immediate family, making his way to German DP camps, and later on to America. This memoir is a tribute to their strength, courage, perseverance and faith.

Introducing William (Bill) Funnemark, author of Last Lunch

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William (Bill) Funnemark is a Christian, father, grandfather, Air Force veteran, former corn breeder, retired science teacher, marathoner and avid motorcycle rider. He still works part-time as a substitute teacher in between road trips to watch his grandkids participate in many activities. “Last Lunch” is his first attempt at writing a book.

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“My head is spinning. I think I’m going to be sick. I think I need to go to the hospital, but I’m so dizzy I don’t think I can walk.” The last words my wife spoke to me before she slipped into a coma, never to wake up. It began as a wonderful vacation with friends but turned into a nightmare. A nightmare that changed my life in a way no one could have foreseen. Death has a way doing that. The experts try to help you in the aftermath but each of us go through the grieving process in our own way. My path to recovery is unique to me. Your path will be unique to you. No one can prepare you for this kind of journey, you must make your own path. I have read what some of the experts have to say and some of their advice was helpful. Some of their advice just didn’t help at all. “Last Lunch” is my story of what it is like to lose your best friend, your wife, your lover, the mother of your children, and then pick up the pieces and go on living. It is a story of my faith in God and the love of family and friends. It’s a story that has no ending. One day, I just stopped writing.

Introducing Ingrid Charlery, author of The Strength of a Woman: Through the Darkness Came Light and Strength

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Ingrid Charlery was born on the West Indian island of St. Lucia in the village of La-point Mon-Repos. She studied child care and nursing in New Jersey USA where she has lived since arriving in the US at the age of 18 She has a fascination for people from all walks of life and volunteers at shelters for the homeless and counsels depression sufferers. She enjoys traveling and sightseeing. As a single parent she dedicates most of her spare time to her daughter.

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A tale of Love, Depression, Despair and Conquest. This is the inspirational story of Ingrid Charlery, an immigrant from St Lucia Island in the West Indies. The book provides a vivid insight to the life of this young woman and how she survived through the power of prayer against seemingly insurmountable emotional pain. Two catastrophic relationships both characterized by blind love and heartbreaking betrayal drag her from the crest of the happiness wave to the treacherous rocks of broken promises and shattered dreams. The events and experiences of abuse, lies and underhandedness provide the foundation of this heartrending story. Ingrid describes in graphic detail how circumstances forced her and her young daughter from a comfortable home onto the dirty and uncomfortable floors in shelters for the homeless. When the true colors of the man she loves emerge, and she discovers she has been living with a psychopathic drug addict she knows she has to escape. But it is not that easy. On the verge of following in her own parents’ footsteps by leaving her daughter in the care of a foster home, Ingrid had planned to go one further and take her own life. Her awakening and new found emotional strength through the power of prayer and the hand of God make this true life drama a spellbinding read. Today, Ingrid is a public speaker and a counselor for the depressed, desperate and suicidal.

Introducing Chris Alan Foreman, author of Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast: My Journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen

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Dr. Chris Alan Foreman writes of his variegated life from the comforts of San Mateo, California. Now retired, he has served as a Peace Corps volunteer, an army officer, a college professor, an African missionary, and a Baptist pastor. An avid traveler, Chris has lived on four continents and toured all fifty states. In his foundational memoir, Forgive Like a Rwandan, Chris writes of love, loss and letting go. He traces his life through 888 tumultuous days, from the tragic death of his first wife in Africa to his joyful second marriage in California.

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Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast is an introspective travelogue of my twenty-nine-day road trip across the breadth of America accompanied by a rescue dog named Jody and propelled by a pop-up Volkswagen camper. Together we journey into the Land of Fahrvergnügen, that wondrous place of travel joy and driving pleasure. Sightseeing, camping, and contemplation fill the days. Family and friends sweeten the stops. Unfettered, unhurried, and off the leash, dog and man encounter an unscripted adventure around every bend. With the boundless horizon of twenty-five states, the soul is free to wander the outer world and the mind open to explore the inner. What can compare to the bliss of a camper, a dog, and an endless ribbon of American highway?

Introducing Inez A. Lasso, author of A Singing Journey

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Inez A. Lasso wanted to make a difference in the world so she went to college and became a lawyer. Approx. 1971 – 1977 -worked as Legal Assistant -U.S. Attorney’s Office, Albuquerque, N.M.; September 1984- U.S. Dept. of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, 200 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. -Position: Staff Attorney -Served as appellate attorney representing the Director, Office of Workers’ Compensation. November 1990 – October 1992 U.S. Dept. of Justice -Special Assistant (Legal Counsel) to Assistant Attorney General, Jimmy Gurule. Office of Justice Programs (OJP). Primary responsibility for authorship of Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 and the Victims of Child Abuse Act of 1990. October 1992 -Director, Office for Civil Rights Enforcement, OCR. I Developed proactive approach to enforcement of Title VI of Civil Rights Act, after twenty years of inaction -ensuring compliance with civil rights law by recipients of federal funding,

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A Woman at 40 years decides that she will become a lawyer and fight for women’s rights, but first, she had to go to college…My name is Inez A. Lasso. I was born in 1937 in the South Bronx of NYC, the youngest of four children. My mother, a Singing Contest Winner in her youth, filled our lives with music, singing with the radio as she cared for us. She turned the poverty of the Bronx into a happy home for us and singing and songwriting into a lifelong passion for me. I had the opportunity to join a religious organization, the “Young Christian Workers” as a Lay Missionary in Bogota, Colombia. I tell of the work I did to form new groups and of the young people I met who were enthusiastic about the movement and hoped to have a better life. I met my future husband in Colombia, and he came to New York where we got married on June 16, 1961. We lived in Jackson Heights, N.Y. and had 2 children, Elena and Diana. We then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico as a better place to raise them. Our third daughter, Julie was born in Albuquerque. I always worked as a legal secretary while the girls were growing up but decided when I turned Forty that I wanted to have a job that made a difference in the world – I wanted to be a Lawyer who fought for the rights of women who felt powerless…but I had never been to college… So I enrolled in the University of Albuquerque and received my Bachelor of Business Administration; May 16, 1981, my Masters Certificate; from The Antioch School of Law for Equal Opportunity Law on February 15, 1983…and my Juris Doctor from the University of New Mexico on May 16, 1984. I divorced my first husband in 1985 after 22 years of marriage. I tell of my life as a Student and my life as an Attorney at Law and, in retirement, as an Administrative Hearing Officer, A/KA The Judge. I tell of my Second Life with New Husband after I moved to D.C. to work as a lawyer with the Dept. of Labor. He is a blind bluegrass musician and I was able to join him as a harmony singer in his band in weekend gigs. We were married for 12 years and remain friends. I wrote many songs during our marriage which we recorded together. Although I have travelled many roads from New York City to Colombia, S.A. to Albuquerque, N.M. to Nashville, TN to Napa, CA, my companion has always been a lifetime of songwriting. My life story has taken many unexpected turns and exciting challenges as well as marvelous blessings. The treasure I hold closest is the love of my three daughters who stand behind me through all my life choices.