The contributors were completely candid, revealing their hard-won successes and persisting vulnerabilities. Their examples are powerful; all teachers should reflect as they have to become the version of themselves that is best for their students.
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About the Author
In 2004, at age 25 and during his fourth year of teaching, Aaron S. Podolner became the youngest winner ever of the Chicago-Area Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Education. Since then he has continued to teach physics to a wide range of students at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, IL, and every summer he conducts reflective seminars for future teachers through the Golden Apple Scholar of Illinois program.
The Scholars program identifies talented high school seniors and college sophomores who have the promise and drive to be excellent teachers in high-need schools. The Golden Apple Foundation prepares them for immediate and lasting success in some of the most challenging teaching environments. In the fall of 2012, Podolner was named Golden Apple's "Director of Reflection" and now provides guidance for all of the Foundation's reflective seminar leaders.
Podolner lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife and three young daughters. He can be contacted through the book's website at: www.facebook.com/HowWouldYouHandleIt or HWYHIbook@gmail.com