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About the Author

About the Author Terry Crawford Palardy grew up in South Boston, Massachusetts. She attended both public and parochial schools in that setting, and then moved to the suburbs, where she attended Northern Essex Community College, then Salem State College (now a University,) Lesley (College) University in Cambridge, MA and finished with a summer course at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her message to her students is that perseverance will bring them to their goal. She completed her teaching career with thirty years, and in those years she taught elementary special education and general education classes, and then middle school; she also taught as adjunct faculty for the graduate school where she had obtained her Masters’ Degree in Cambridge. She is retiring from the Andover Public School System in 2011, and will pursue quilting and writing. Terry is a mother of two and a grandmother of two; she lives with Rick, her husband of more than forty years, and will work with him in their craft store, Wooden Toy and Gift, in Georgetown, Massachusetts, selling beautiful things that make people happy. She has many more books to come, some focusing on woman's role in the twentieth and then early twenty-first century. Some will continue to reflect on changes in education, and others will involve working, family, and the delicate balance of handling a chronic illness. Watch for her future publications at CreateSpace, Amazon.com, and book stores in your area.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 46 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 7, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463526571
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463526573
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,111,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born and brought up in South Boston, Massachusetts, attending both public and parochial schools there. Mid-high school, we moved to a small town north of the city. I went on to a Community College, and then worked for the Federal Government as a tax examiner. I married, and after our first child was born I left full time work. When our daughter went to school full time, I went back to a State College intending to teach, but finding no teaching jobs available, I went into the education side of state subsidized day care. A few years later, I returned to search for a teaching job, was encouraged to complete a Graduate Degree and attended Lesley University in Cambridge. I finished those formal years of education with a summer course at Harvard Graduate School of Education.

After working for several years at the elementary school in many special and general education positions, and teaching briefly as an adjunct faculty member at Lesley College Graduate School, I moved on to the middle school years, where I taught all core subjects in all three grades. While doing that, I wrote a semi-annual Academics and Education column for the international Phi Kappa Phi Forum, a quarterly multi-disciplinary professional journal for members of the oldest public honor society, of which I am a member.

I also worked as an election poll worker for town elections and as a teller for town meeting tallies during these years of teaching. For at least two decades I welcomed voters and their children to ballot boxes; in time those children themselves became voters with youngsters in tow. After thirty years of public school teaching, I have retired and have many stories to tell.

I make lap sized quilts, often writing stories behind the quilts or the people receiving them. I help my husband with his Wooden Toy and Gift shop. We have been married for over forty years, and are now living our dream of retirement. Each of these settings provides a wealth of story lines yet to be developed.

The middle child of nine children born during the baby boom, I'm now a mother of two grown children. I have two teen-aged grandchildren, countless nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and -nephews, and dozens of cousins. But in this very large family, I alone carry the label of a PWMS - Person with Multiple Sclerosis. That belated diagnosis brought inevitable change and challenge, and offers many scenarios deserving of its own story.

Five years after hearing the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, I was told I had malignant melanoma. For the next eighteen months more than eight surgeries to remove the dangerous sites of melanoma, squamous and basal cell carcinoma occurred, warranted its own book as a sequel to Multiple Sclerosis an Enigma.

I have seven books published (four also in ebook editions) and have another two in the works, with a projected tenth book simmering on the back burner for next summer's project. My books are of different styles and genres; you can read about them below. Each one allows a preview at its book page.

Thanks for stopping by. I'm happy to write stories for you. I invite you to leave a message in the space below, where you can raise a question, start a discussion, or review my books.

I'm honored that you have an interest in my work. As always, be well.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DP on August 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
This collection of essays presents key issues in education to both parents and educators in an approachable, easy going manner. Ms. Palardy's writing is grounded in her long career as an educator and a parent and this book is appropriate for both. She uses common experiences and dialogue to delve into topics ranging from education reform to the usefulness of homework and the rank book. The development of each child intellectually, socially and emotionally is a common thread. As an educator, I am familiar with the topics she takes on, but her writing led me to look more carefully at my own practice and approach. Though the pieces were written a few years ago, the ideas continue to be very relevant today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. J. Mcmanus on July 22, 2011
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As a parent, teacher and adminirator, I found "Teaching" to be a thoughtful and insightful reflection of issues that transcend teaching and learning. Each article speaks to the social, emotional, and academic concerns facing students, parents, and teachers. The author, Terry Palardy, is obviously an experienced educator. Her understanding of young adult learners is to be applauded.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Penn May on December 20, 2011
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In "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," Terry Crawford Palardy writes with compassion, care and love for her profession and her students. They must have been lucky to have her as a teacher.

In a series of essays, Palardy explores timeless educational issues from her experienced perspective. She asks pertinent questions from varying perspectives. In Pendulum, we get a subtle, yet painfully accurate warning that the educational trends swing to extremes. (The current top-down business model of education may have been avoided if those who create education policy were forced to teach elementary school for one year.) Her intelligent writing explores various methods, addresses the intricacies involved in grading and grade inflation, and ends with a discussion with the principal demonstrating educators concerns for more than just academics. I was reading Diane Ravitch's "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education" concurrent with "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century," alternating between the two and on a couple occasions, I forgot which I was reading. That puts Palardy in very good company. Palardy is now retired and she is reflecting on her career in education. Let's hope she continues to shed light on an often misunderstood profession.

I am always a bit apprehensive when a fellow writer has favorably reviewed my fiction and then later I review their own work. The task was made easier because "Teaching: Education and Academics at the turn of the century" is nonfiction, and I write mostly fiction. Still, in this case, it's even more satisfying to enthusiastically give five stars.

Jeffrey Penn May, author of No Teacher Left Standing
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