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.
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
Chapter 1 PRINCIPLES OF THE PRINCIPAL Chapter 2 PREFACE Chapter 3 1 ON LOOKING GLASS STREET Chapter 4 2 A CALM, KAMM PRESENCE Chapter 5 3 READ THE LAST PAGE FIRST Chapter 6 4 BEES MADE THIS? Chapter 7 5 MISS ELSIE AND THE FLAT TIRE Chapter 8 6 NOTICING AND THE LOOK Chapter 9 7 QUOTH THE CHILDREN: "READ SOME MORE!" Chapter 10 8 PHONE HOME, THEN WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN Chapter 11 9 THE DAY CHARLIE GOT HIS NEW TEETH Chapter 12 10 IF THE COOK DOESN'T SHOW UP, BOIL SPAGHETTI Chapter 13 11 MAKE AN EXPERIENCE AN EVENT! Chapter 14 12 YOU CAN'T DIRECT THE WIND, BUT YOU CAN ADJUST THE SAILS Chapter 15 13 IT'S NOT GOODBYE Chapter 16 APPENDIX A: Sit in a Big Chair All Day and Boss People Around Chapter 17 APPENDIX B: Biography of Charles Kamm Chapter 18 REFERENCES Chapter 19 ABOUT THE AUTHOR