Teaching in Elementary Schools

The Real Deal

Non-Fiction - Education
116 Pages
Reviewed on 09/01/2013
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Author Biography

Author/ retired educator, Regina Long Southall is a freelance writer and poet.
Regina has written more than 100 poems, including The Neighbors We Should Be, Another Day, The Effects of Hurricane Katrina On Our Nation, Thank You Rev. Dr. Kenneth Eugene Lillard, My First Teacher, and The Presidential Election of History.
In the early 90's Regina wrote the 2nd grade curriculum for World Class Social Studies for Portsmouth, Virginia Public Schools and in 1993 she became the citywide writer for the 2nd grade Family Life Education Curriculum.

Regina was featured in the January 1977 magazine, Early Years For Teachers Through Grade Three. This experience explained her expertise in reinforcing math skills for 2nd grade students having problems.

Regina was featured in two circulars of her local newspaper, The Virginian-Pilot , in 2007. These articles made reference to what led her to become an author.

The May/June 2007 issue of Tidewater Teacher, A Magazine For Teachers Across Hampton Roads, featured her as the retiring elementary teacher moving on to further pursue her writing passion.

Regina was one of fourteen recognized in June 2012 by the Area II NAACP ACT-SO Coalition for outstanding achievements in poetry/education.

Regina is a 1966 graduate of I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, Virginia, a 1970 graduate of Norfolk State College, and a 1995 Regent University Masters of Education graduate.
Regina is a Silver Star/Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha

    Book Review

Reviewed by Robert Rose for Readers' Favorite

As a teacher for 50 years, I found Teaching in Elementary Schools by Regina Long Southall a well written and informative book. The author correctly points out that those who have never taught in a public school or those who quickly moved from the classroom to various specialist or supervisory positions seemed to forget how it felt to be micromanaged and did it to those they supervised. The author does a good job in describing many more of the unnecessary problems teachers face.

This book really pulls you into the lives of teachers and the difficulties they face. As a teacher myself, I found them all too familiar, reminding me of why I retired. But for those who wonder what their child's learning environment is really like, reading this book will make you cringe, shudder, and genuinely feel for today's teachers. It is no wonder that Regina and her colleagues were exhausted at the end of each day and completely burned out by June 15. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or someone considering becoming a teacher, you will benefit greatly from reading this book.