Here is the story of Summerfield Grade School and Charles Kamm, a principal and teacher who devoted his entire professional career to this rural Illinois school. A modest man of quiet dignity, understated intelligence, wit, and gracious manner, Kamm communicated his principles and sense of purpose to those around him for 38 years. He created a school family, where each person was valued, and encouraged the development of a community family, where parents, grandparents, and citizens participated in the programs and activities of the school. This book is not intended to be a nostalgic walk down memory lane but rather an illustration of what is possible when principles guide administrative decision-making. Although Kamm's career as a teacher and principal came to a close in the 1990s, the basic principles of thought and behavior that directed his practice are timeless in their application. Schools, teachers, communities, and legal mandates change, but the core ideals of successful human relationships remain the same. An Afterword outlines current research related to the nurturing principal, and describes the legacy left to Summerfield School by Mr. Kamm.
Included throughout are anecdotes that illustrate Mr. Kamm's administrative and teaching practices. Each chapter ends with a series of questions that prompt the reader to reflect on the meaning of education. * Education Week *
The life of Charles Kamm personifies the lofty and ultimate goals to which every master teacher aspires. His dedication to the teaching profession as portrayed through Marcia S. Popp's The Man Who Became A School should serve as a measuring stick for aspiring teachers and administrators, as well as a rule book for practicing educators. Dr. Popp has epitomized Charles Kamm as Jesse Stuart's 'good teacher that lives on and on through his students.' Charles Kamm is the teacher who is immortal and the role model for all educators. -- David R. Palmore, principal of Arnett Elementary School, Erlander, Kentucky. Mr. Palmore is a Jesse Stuart scholar and a member of the Board of
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 3rd June 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.7 x 16.6 x 0.8
Weight (kg): 0.15